Limerick Red Cross volunteers take third in Europe

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

A TEAM of six volunteers with the Red Cross in Limerick recently represented Ireland and took third at the European Red Cross First Aid competition in Italy.

A TEAM of six volunteers with the Red Cross in Limerick recently represented Ireland and took third at the European Red Cross First Aid competition in Italy.

The team of six Limerick volunteers - Orlaith Shinnors (captain), Zoe Gogarty, Kyna Regan, Anne O’Meara, Ger O’Connor and Niall Dunworth - won the right to represent their country having won the national Red Cross competition and trained for months for the event, for which they were rewarded with a top three finish in Jesola, Italy in September.

The Limerick team were one of 19 teams taking part in the event, which saw the team presented with a number of different scenarios they had to deal with.

“There was ten scenarios, ranging from a fire on a beach to CPR scenarios, drownings, a tree felling accidents with amputations and a mass casualty car accident with 15 casualties. Between the six of them they had to work to handle the different scenarios,” explained Hilary Parkinson, a Limerick Red Cross volunteer since 2002, who herself represented Ireland in 2007.

Ms Parkinson noted that to achieve a top three finish was a “serious achievement”.

Ireland have pedigree in the European Red Cross event, finishing in the top five every year since 2006, while a Limerick team representing their country finished runner-up in 2007.

There are over 200 volunteers working with the Red Cross in Limerick city and county and members are always welcome. A new six-week Practical First Aid Course will begin with registration this Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm in Red Cross Hall, 58 Henry Street.