Red Cross celebrating 45 years

The Cayman Islands Branch of the British Red Cross is celebrating 45 years of service to the community.

On Monday at the head office branch, Thomas Russell Way, visitors were invited to view the facilities, learn about the many programmes and services, what took place in the past 45 years, and building links with the community.

Addressing the small gathering at the headquarters, board member John Harvey highlighted the 2006 agenda.

Priorities include disaster preparedness and response, which involves placing containers filled with emergency supplies around the island. Also on the agenda is HIV/AIDS awareness, first aid and CPR courses, the Thrift Shop ‘Deals on Wheels’ service, youth education and tracing and messaging – locating misplaced ones during a disaster and making sure they are linked up with families.

Mr. Harvey said they also wanted to improve and redefine services for better performance.

Red Cross Patron, Governor Stuart Jack attended the ceremony with his wife Mrs. Mariko Jack. He said as far as he had observed the Red Cross was a well organised body of people. He also encouraged others to take interest in what was going on at the Red Cross and how the community could help with these emergency services.

The Cayman Islands Red Cross was founded in 1961 by Mrs Ethel Cook-Bodden. Concerns at that time were helping the small population to prepare for hurricane seasons. The duties later expanded into disaster supplies, assisting with patients and fundraising events.

Today the CIRC runs a wide range of humanitarian programmes and services such as disaster management, first aid and CPR training, HIV/AIDS awareness and education, and a thrift shop.

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Priorities include disaster preparedness and response, which involves placing containers filled with emergency supplies around the island.

Patron of the Cayman Islands Red Cross, Governor Stuart Jack, third left, celebrates 45 years along with Kathy Kirkconnell, left, board member John Harvey, HSA Craig Brown, RBC Harry Chisholm and Gill Plamondon. Front row, Red Cross Director Jondo Obi, Mrs. Mariko Jack and board member Deborah Drummond at the Red Cross headquarters on Monday. Photo: Jewel Levy

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