Wednesday 22 November 2017

Red cross 'at crisis point'

Fintan Lambe

GOREY Red Cross is in crisis, and as it marks its 75th anniversary, it said this week it risks disbanding, unless new members come on board.

Just six members attended the organisation's AGM last week. 'Numbers-wise, we are in trouble,' admitted treasurer John Kavanagh. 'Only three people are currently trained and qualified to get into the ambulance, and we have three or four more basic first-aiders. It's reaching a crisis.'

'We have trained people up,' he added. 'But as soon as you get them trained, jobs come along and they have to leave.' He said that some of the same people have been involved for years, but 'no new members are coming in'. 'We said that if we don't manage to get new members in, we'll have to seriously consider where we're going in the future,' said John.

Gorey Guardian

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