South Limerick Branch of Irish Red Cross have right ‘formula’ for success

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Annette Cleary Rees, Irish Red Cross, presenting a prize to Catherine Moloney at Fitzgerald's Bar with Kathryn Murphy, Irish Red Cross

Annette Cleary Rees, Irish Red Cross, presenting a prize to Catherine Moloney at Fitzgerald's Bar with Kathryn Murphy, Irish Red Cross

THEY are more associated with dealing with serious situations but on Saturday night last members of the South Limerick Branch of the Red Cross let their hair down for a night of entertainment to raise funds for the charity.

Popular local band, Secret Formula, were on hand to serenade the crowd who turned out at Fitzgerald’s Bar in Kilmallock for the event.

The branch was set up in October 2016 during a meeting between Dr Andrew Kelly, Annette Cleary Rees and Garish O’Brien with help from Mary Gath and Pat Fogarty and the Kilfinane Branch of the Irish Red Cross.

“Training was provided by Limerick City IRC and a high standard has being achieved. We have tutors and ambulance drivers. We are in a position to provide a crew for duties such as Ballyhoura, Thomand Park, horse trails, Darkness into Light, rallies and much more,” explained Annette Cleary Rees.

The South Branch was officially launched on June 7, 2017 in Deebert House Hotel by Eddie Hickey, Limerick Football Club.

“It’s gone from strength to strength with so much support from all our volunteers and the community. We have to do a lot of fundraising to keep up the quality of training, equipment. The ambulance needed to be insured, and equipped with special equipment,” said Annette who thanked all those who supported the night along with James Barry for the use of his premises for the ambulance.

“We are always recruiting and up skilling,” Annette continued.

“Medical emergencies like a heart attack or choking happen all the time and we are never sure when the they will occur. The Irish Red Cross trains individuals or groups in the skills necessary to recognise and provide first aid training for injuries and sudden illness until medical personnel arrive and take over,” Annette continued.

The Irish Red Cross provides paediatric first aid training to childcare workers around Ireland. Whether you are a teacher, childcare worker or home carer, we ensure you have all the necessary skills and knowledge. From first aid response to manual handling, the Irish Red Cross ensures your staff are trained to the highest standard, and we keep your company up to date with the latest legal requirements for first aid at work.