As part of its celebration of Red Cross Appeal Month, the Red Cross hosted the International Ladies May coffee morning on Thursday, 3 May.
Each year the Cayman Islands Red Cross proclaims May to be Red Cross Appeal month to raise public awareness and encourage support of the organization through donations of time and money, said a press release.
The month, which is filled with many Red Cross community activities, is a opportune time to see how the volunteers renew their commitment to the Red Cross by participating in fundraising, partnering and preparedness events.
Thirty ladies came together for refreshments and delicious baked goods that had been prepared by some of the many volunteers who donate their time to the Red Cross.
Part of the message that Director Jondo Obi shared with the International Ladies is that volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross and they contribute to the success of the organization’s programmes in a wide variety of ways whether it be training to be shelter wardens, sorting clothes in the Thrift shop, painting and stocking supplies in the containers around the island or even baking for an event such as the coffee morning.
The ladies watched a brief video which explained how a young Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Red Cross /Red Crescent Movement, was dismayed by the atrocities he witnessed during the Battle of Solferino, Italy in 1859. Mr. Dunant began advocating for the humane treatment of the sick and wounded during wartime. The ladies learned that today the Red Cross movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world.
The ladies were invited to ask questions about the Red Cross. A sometimes misunderstood conception was explained when it was pointed out that the Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations from businesses and the community in order to carry out its work.
The mission of the Cayman Islands Red Cross is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in the Cayman Islands and around the world. Its vision is to be the leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others.
Mrs. Obi went on to describe the work that the Red Cross does in Cayman through its programmes: Disaster Management (preparedness/response); HIV & AIDS Peer Education; Thrift Shop; First Aid, CPR and Lifeguard Training programmes; and Volunteer Development.
As part of Red Cross celebrations Mrs. .Obi highlighted the exciting annual gala dinner planned for 22 June featuring entertainment by the Elton John Act, the renowned ‘Elton Joey’ and the dynamic keynote speaker, Pablo Suarez, a technical advisor for the Red Cross Centre on climate change as well as a consultant for the World Bank Developments Economics Group.