LIMERICK people are being urged to paint the town red later this month to show their support for the Limerick branch of the Irish Red Cross.
THE organisation, which has more than 200 volunteers in the city will hold its annual fundraising event in the city on Saturday, May 21 next.
“It is our major fundraiser for the year, all of our volunteers will be out on the streets just collecting with buckets,” said Gina O’Dwyer from Ardnacrusha who is a qualified emergency medical technician.
“I know it’s a recession but I would appeal to everybody to give whatever they can on the day because it is a vital service that we are providing and we do depend on support from the public,” added Gina.
In addition to supplying trained personnel and ambulances at a variety of events in the city, the Red Cross also provides first aid courses to members of the public at its offices in Henry Street.
“It is very important that people support this event, we depend on the money that is raised through our annual bucket collection and most of it for this year is almost spent already,” said Shane English, Adare, chairman of the fundraising committee.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, who officially launched the Paint the Town Red fundraising event is urging members of the public to support the charity on May 21.