Those living in San Pedro Town will have no doubt heard of the great community work thatÂs been going on in recent months to better healthcare and ensure that residents are aware of life saving emergency responder treatment and general first aid. Â Now, four of the townÂs residents have been presented with Red Cross awards.
In Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District, the Belize Red Cross held a two-day event that saw a total of 19 people from Ambergris Caye attend.Â An awards ceremony was held on December 7th and 8th to officially recognize those who had participated.
On the first day of the Red Cross event, several initiatives were held so that participants could not only enjoy themselves but acquire some extremely useful medical skills and knowledge. Â Volunteers from the Belize Red Cross showcased the expertise they had learned via the organization, and competitions were held to encourage self-learning and education. Â The activities related to a number of different topics, including Disaster Response and Preparedness, First Aid, Belize Red Cross movements, HIV/AIDS and the History of the International Red Cross. Â The activities created were both mental and physical, and there was a diverse range of age groups in attendance to ensure that the gap between youngsters and older volunteers was bridged.
After the fun activities of the first day, the second day involved a ceremony to acknowledge the great work that those from the Red Cross do. Â In addition, a special awards event was held to provide presentations to those who had excelled on the first day of training. Â Overall, of the seven awards provided on the second day of the event, four were presented to those attending from San Pedro. Â Phillip Ramsey and Atlantida Eiley were given the Governor GeneralÂs Red Cross Award. Â Meanwhile, Natalie Palen, a local nurse, received the Red Cross Health and Leadership Award, while the Red Cross Outstanding Volunteer Award was given to Laurie Norton.
The latest Red Cross event was perfectly timed to coincide with the annual December 5th celebration of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements International Volunteer Day. Â San Pedro was extremely well represented at the event, and the fact that its residents won the major proportion of awards just goes to show what a fine job the Red Cross volunteers are doing.