Irish Red Cross Volunteers Honoured at Awards Ceremony

Date Published : May 2nd, 2015    Published By : admin

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The Irish Red Cross recognised the time, efforts and work undertaken by its local volunteers in helping communities throughout Limerick, at a special awards ceremony which was held Absolute Hotel, Limerick on Tuesday April 28th. Seventy members of the organisation from across Limerick City and County attended the function.

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The range of awards included gold, silver and bronze lapel pins, representing 40, 70, and 100 hours annual voluntary service. Special commemorative certificates were presented to volunteers who had given over 200 hours service in 2014. Denis Bates, a member of the Limerick Unit, received the award for the highest number of hours contributed in 2014 - an impressive 488 hours.

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Photo: Volunteer Denis Bates receives a plaque from National Director Anthony Lawlor

Volunteers also received 3 year, 5 year, 10 year and 20 year long service award scrolls in recognition of their time served as members of the Irish Red Cross. The ceremony specially highlighted a number of individual volunteers who had made extraordinary contributions during the year, with a surprise presentation being made to Dr. Andrew Kelly, from Limerick in appreciation of over 30 years’commitment to the Irish Red Cross locally.

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Photo: Irish Red Cross Board Member Kieran Meehan presents a special award to Dr. Andrew Kelly

Among the recipients was Niall Boland, from Murroe, who received the Member of the Year award for his outstanding commitment to event first aid cover, fundraising and training.

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Photo: National Director presents volunteer Niall Boland with Member of the Year Award

Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr. Kevin Sheahan praised the great work of the Irish Red Cross, and its volunteers. He said "The Limerick Branch of the Irish Red Cross has made a difference to the lives of generations of Limerick men, women and children.” The Mayor also surprised the audience by inviting the members of the Irish Red Cross in Limerick to attend a Civic Reception in their honour, which he will host at County Hall in the coming weeks.

The Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr. Kevin Sheahan presented a gold lapel pin for 100 hours volunteer first aid service to Tommy Grey (right) from Shanagolden, Co. Limerick.

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Photo:  Limerick Mayor presents Gold Pin to Volunteer Tommy Grey

National Director of Units for the Irish Red Cross Anthony Lawlor said: "Tonight we recognise that Irish Red Cross volunteers contributed over 10,500 volunteer hours to cultural, sporting and humanitarian activities in Limerick City and County during 2014. This represents a huge commitment on behalf of our volunteers, who give up their own time freely and without reward, and it is important that we say thank you to them." He added that "Limerick volunteers are held in very high regard by the Irish Red Cross for the contributions they make to the development of the organisation nationally, in key areas such as first aid training and clinical audit."

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Photos: Courtesy Irish Red Cross Limerick

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