Carrick-on-Suir Red Cross presented awards to its volunteers and welcomed 22 new youth members at a ceremony in Carrickbeg Community Hall this month.
The Red Cross branch’s annual awards night was attended by Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald and Red Cross National Vice Chairman and Area Director Tony Lawlor and Red Cross Nation Youth Working Group Chairman Darren Ryan.
Uniforms were presented to the new youth members and special promotion awards were presented by Tony Lawlor to branch members.
They included Joanna Walsh, who received a 3 Chevrons award as Assistant Sub Unit Officer in the role of Ambulance Officer; Damian McNamara, who was awarded 2 Chevrons as Assistant Sub Unit Officer in the role of Deputy Ambulance Officer and Nicole Breen, who received a 2 Chevrons badge as Assistant Sub Unit Officer in the Cadet Section.
Ellen White and Sarah Dunne, who were absent from the ceremony, were awarded 2 Chevrons as Assistant Sub Unit Officers in the Cadet Section. Unit Red Cross Unit Officer Finola Walsh spoke of the value of the Branch’s investment in enhancing training and 1st Aid instruction and also in the new equipment to assist members to keep practice to the highest standards.
Red Cross branch Chairperson Margaret O’Brien welcomed the new youth members aged beween 11 and 16 years and thanked their parents and guardians for giving them the opportunity to join the Red Cross.
Tony Lawlor praised the Carrick-on-Suir Branch members for their consistent hard work and dedication to their roles as Red Cross members where their specialised training is put into practice at the many public events throughout the year and where their humanitarian values are strengthened and embraced for a lifetime.
He congratulated the 22 young members wishing them every success for their future in the Irish Red Cross and acknowledged the help of the Carrick-on-Suir Town Council in relation to their ongoing support of the local Red Cross branch.
Mayor Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald praised the Red Cross’s new youth members. He thanked Red Cross members for all they had done over the years and declared that volunteerism was alive and well in Carrick-on-Suir.
He also lauded the branche’s great new Red Cross ambulance, which equipped to the highest national standards and covers all types of sporting and social events.
Darren Ryan thanked Unit Officer Finola Walsh and Assistant Unit Officer Aisling Wall for their excellent work with the young members and congratulated the branch’s new youth members. “It says a lot about you, you are caring individuals and aware of those less fortunate. You have volunteered to help and I encourage you to stay involved in the Red Cross,” he told them.
He was congratulated on his appointment earlier in the day as one of four government nominees to the new Red Cross General Assembly in Ireland.
A dance routine performed by the youth members and choreographed by Breda Breen and Nicole Breen entertained everyone following the presentations. New Red Cross members are always welcome. Meetings take place on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm in Carrickbeg Community Hall. Tel: 087-9158529 or check Facebook: IRC Carrickonsuir Branch.