Cayman Islands Red Cross volunteers lauded

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]

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  1. I will always support the Red Cross in Cayman. It is run very efficiently by the lady and also by Roger. I have seen them work. Besides the prices are affordable. However I would suggest that they open other Red Cross outlet in outer districts, it is much needed. I do hope person would volunteer a small space for this and volunteer their time.
    Support the Cayman red cross.

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