Flood victims not forgotten
Sir -- Frank Cormican (Letters, Sunday Independent, January 31, 2010) correctly points out that the Irish public have been very generous to the people of Haiti and have donated millions of euro to many organisations, including the Irish Red Cross.
However, for the record, I would like to clarify that the Irish Red Cross has been and continues to be very active here in Ireland in response to recent weather situations, with Irish Red Cross ambulances and volunteers responding both during the floods and the severe cold snap in the following ways: transfer of patients to and from hospitals; taking emergency and intensive care staff to work, where they could not normally egress from their homes; taking public health nurses to visit patients at home; distributing food and water supplies to communities and homes affected; and assisting communities in dealing with the extreme weather situations by supplying first aid tips and information on www.redcross.ie
The Irish Red Cross also launched an appeal for the victims of flooding in Ireland, which was generously supported by the public. More than €1.1m was raised, which is being used to alleviate the burden of the floods across many communities.