The AGM of Kanturk and Millstreet Red Cross was held recently where a review of the year took place and a strategy was developed for the coming year.
The prime aim going forward is to help the community to be become more resilient and with this in mind the committee is looking for more volunteers to join its ranks. The degree of involvement is up to the individual.
In 2012 Community Defibrillator training was carried out in a number of locations in Duhallow with a total of 82 people trained in the use of a defibrillator, which is used in the event of a cardiac arrest.
A lot of people perceive the ambulance and first aid provision as the only activity of the Red Cross. This perception is not always true. Last year the branch facilitated payments to people who had suffered hardship as a result of the flooding in Cork city.
This was to ensure that people in dire need received assistance as soon as possible.
The unit provided cover at over 80 events with 23 different people delivering this frontline service. Therapeutic hand care was also provided to patients in Kanturk and Millstreet hospitals.
In order to keep abreast of modern trends, branch members attended the 'Carers Conference' in Killarney, the Arthritis Ireland Information Evening and the Voluntary and Emergency Services Exhibition in Cork.
In December, the branch lost one of its stalwart members, Patrick Gerard Dineen, affectionately known as 'Ger' who passed away after a long illness. His interest and commitment especially to Kanturk Red Cross never faded.
Ger for many years accommodated the ambulances and equipment in his own yard and was overjoyed with the new ambulance bays and training facilities which have recently been acquired in Kanturk town centre.
On the night of his removal a guard of honour was provided by Red Cross members from Kanturk /Millstreet, Mallow and Clonakilty, these included the Regional Director of Units and the Area Director.The branch extended its sympathy to his wife and family and wide circle of friends.