In an effort to continue to expand and involve all members of our country in its programmes, the Cayman Islands Red Cross recruited and trained twenty-two new volunteers in Cayman Brac.
The training, which took place from August 23rd to the 25th, coincided with the government’s visit to the Sister Islands and officially opened by the Leader of Government Business, the Honorable Kurt Tibbetts.
‘We have been trying to get a core group of volunteers in the Brac for a while, and I am thrilled that it has finally happened,’ stated Branch Director Jondo Obi. ‘Without the enthusiasm of dedicated and committed citizens like Kathy Kirkconnell it couldn’t have been done.’
For three days prospective volunteers learned about the history of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Principles which govern that movement, and the role of the Red Cross within each country and to each other as an international entity.
‘When you join the Red Cross, you join a family of 115 million persons,’ explains Mrs. Obi, ‘and that is what makes this organization so unique. It is the largest humanitarian organization in the world, and even our little branch in the Cayman Islands makes a difference.’
As the new volunteers learned, the Red Cross is an organization whose mandate focuses on helping the most vulnerable. The team from Grand Cayman also made a special visit to the Kirkconnell Care Centre where they spoke to the team of thirty nurses about its mandate and about the disaster preparedness.
‘There is so much misinformation about the Red Cross, and it is important that we get the correct information out there,’ clarified Mrs. Obi. ‘The elderly are very vulnerable, and it was important for those who are caring for them to know that the Red Cross is here to help.’