Cayman Islands Red Cross volunteers who faithfully give of themselves were recently shown how much they are appreciated.
The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner honoured the men, women and children who have selflessly and consistently assisted the community through their service to the organisation.
The event, which is in its fifth year, saw more than 100 volunteers in attendance to help celebrate and honour one another and the work they had helped to achieve during 2012.
Since 1961, the Cayman Islands Red Cross has been assisting the most vulnerable within our islands through its four main programmes: disaster management, first aid/CPR/AED training, the Thrift Shop community outreach, and HIV and AIDS awareness and education department.
Albeit a difficult year for the organisation, 2012 saw key accomplishments in all four programmes: the disaster management programme saw not only a full-on revamping of the container project, but also a near-complete overhaul of the organisation’s communication capacity which greatly increased its response ability.
Meanwhile, the first aid programme assisted by providing first aid coverage to a record breaking 60 community events throughout the year, many of which saw multiple teams being deployed simultaneously.
The Thrift Shop made significant steps toward improving its customer service capacity introducing a new point of sale system, complete with training for volunteers.
And finally, the HIV and AIDS awareness and education programme closed the year with the launch of its child sexual abuse awareness campaign “Protection starts here”, which brought together more than 20 community partners to raise the profile of this taboo, yet important, topic.
The work of the local chapter would not be done without its greatest, most valuable resource: volunteers.
While a celebration of all of those who contributed their time, blood, sweat, tears and skills to the organisation, there were a few standouts within the organisation.
For the disaster management programme
Roger Brown, DM Volunteer of the Year
Saagar Kadiyala, Increasing DM Capacity award
Ransford Fagan, DM ‘Hands on Deck’ award
For the first aid programme
Ransford Fagan, First Aid Support award
Louise Bailey, Volunteer Instructor of the Year award
For the Thrift Shop programme
Dulsey McCoy, Thrift Shop Volunteer of the Year
Julette Clemmings, Shop Floor Assistance award
Ava Hamilton, Consistent Cashier
For the HIV and AIDS awareness and education programme
Ben Hud and Mari Abe, Outstanding Contributions to the CI Red Cross HIV and AIDS Department
For general office administration
Susan Singleton, Most Supportive- Fundraising
Louise Bailey, Most Reliable – CIRC events
Wayne Bobb Semple, Dependable – IT Support
Volunteer of the Year 2011 Rodan Asuncion delivered the Volunteer of the Year 2012 award to Roger Brown.
“Volunteers don’t do what they do for the awards,” said Deputy Director Carolina Ferreira. “They do what they do for the love of their community and a genuine interest in leaving things a little better than how they found it.
We know there is no way to appropriately thank them for their contributions, but there are far too many ‘thankless’ jobs out there, so at the very least we can try to let them know just how grateful we are for their commitment and that they are appreciated.”
For more information, contact the programme support officer at [email protected]