Limerick Red Cross seek volunteers

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

LIMERICK Red Cross, whose volunteers attended over 230 events in the city and county last year are looking for new volunteers who will be joining the 600 already in 10 branches in Limerick.

LIMERICK Red Cross, whose volunteers attended over 230 events in the city and county last year are looking for new volunteers who will be joining the 600 already in 10 branches in Limerick.

They are holding an open night on Thursday January 26 next at their offices in Henry Street at 7.30.

At present 250 of the volunteers in Limerick are involved in First Aid, 150 are youth members from 13-16 and another 150 are involved in Community Defibrillation groups (CFR groups) in Glin, Kilmallock, Kilfinane, Doon, Cappamore

Limerick Red Cross want to recruit new members across a range of activities including First Aid Volunteers where no previous training necessary as it will be provided. People who already hold qualifications such as OFA, EFR and EMT will be very welcome. They are also looking for drivers for their ambulance and minibus fleet. Volunteers must be aged over 25 and have a full B or D1 (minibus) licence.

Red Cross volunteers in Limerick cover a vast amount of events from Munster rugby matches and concerts at Thomond Park to Community Games, Equestrian Shows, Car Rallies and Public Gathering. The total number of hours that Limerick members contributed on a voluntary basis covering events in 2011 was 9,553 hours. This was at 230 events across City and County.

The Irish Red Cross is one of the largest organisations providing First Aid Training services in Ireland.

“We have many years of experience and pride ourselves on providing top quality training to all of our clients. The Irish Red Cross is recognised as a training institution by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council,” explained Hilary Parkinson, spokesman for the Limerick group.

People requiring further information can ring 061-468417 (9am to 12 noon) at Red Cross Hall.