Irish Red Cross Branch of the Year awarded to the Roscrea Branch

Eoin Kelleher

Reporter:

Eoin Kelleher

Irish Red Cross Branch of the Year awarded to the Roscrea Branch

Irish Red Cross Branch of the Year Award was awarded to the Roscrea Branch at an Awards Ceremony in Croke Park, Dublin on 28th April 2018.

Roscrea Branch have actively and passionately embodied the fundamental principles of Red Cross and have demonstrated support to the community of Roscrea and surrounding areas.

The Branch provide support to the Unit which provides ambulance cover at a range of events both near and far. During the recent adverse weather including Beast from the East, Roscrea Unit were on 24/7 standby and were requested by the HSE to provide transport to Public Health Nurses, enabling them to reach work and indeed patients, otherwise cut off due to hazardous conditions.

Our members attend the Blood Clinic in Roscrea to provide assistance and in late 2017 the Branch rolled out Food Cloud, whereby excess food is distributed free of charge every Wednesday from 12.30 to 1pm at the Parish Centre, Roscrea. This food is free to anyone who wishes to take it and we always welcome new faces.

The Branch also supports Pieta House Darkness into Light 2018 and we are proud to support this event annually where possible.

Along with all the above our Branch regularly provides Patient Transfers, this is of great benefit to patients and their families, and can really make a difference.

Roscrea Branch formed a Youth section in 2016, which is currently on a Summer Break, our Youths will re-commence in September 2018 and we look forward to seeing everyone again. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to become part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and learn life-saving skills along the way. However it’s not all learning, with half an hour dedicated to fun and games, it’s a big hit!

Roscrea Unit are always seeking new members to join. If you are interested in becoming a member or if you have any queries about our range of First Aid Courses please phone Fiona on 087-7528114 or alternatively email secretary.roscrea@irishredcross.com

Last but certainly not least, we wish to extend our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to our dedicated volunteers and supporters who without their hard work and support this award would not have been possible.