Irish Red Cross Cork City
Half Moon Lane, South Douglas Road, Cork
☎: 087 906 0312
|Welcome to the Facebook page of the Cork City Branch of the Irish Red Cross.|
|Irish Red Cross Cork City was founded in 1939|
|The Red Cross is one of the oldest extant humanitarian organisations in the world, with the largest voluntary membership of any organisation with 100 million members in 170 different countries. It has won the Nobel Peace prize four times.
The Red Cross movement was founded by a Swiss man Henri Dunant after the battle of Solferino in Northern Italy, where over 40,000 soldiers died or were wounded. He was appalled by the suffering of the wounded and dying on both sides. He organised local people in to groups to help the wounded regardless of their nationality. This event scared him, and caused him to write the book "A Memory of Solferino" in 1862. He expressed the idea of forming "relief societies for training volunteers to care for the wounded in wartime …based on some international Principle".
In 1863 Henri Dunant and four other citizens of Geneva formed the International Committee of the Red Cross I C R C. The first society was formed in Wurtemburg that year. In 1864 the Geneva Convention for the improvement of the condition of the wounded in armies in the field was formed and by 1867 16 countries had signed up agreeing to it. The movement spread quickly across Europe and America showing the success of Dunants idea. The movement also spread into the Islamic world but they used the emblem of the Red Crescent as they associated the cross with Christian beliefs. The two symbols now have equal status and meaning. In 1901 Henri Dunant was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his efforts.
The Irish Red Cross was set up in 1939. Since its inception the Irish Red Cross has been involved in many projects including in 1945 Organised the first Water Safety Campaign and it set up a hospital in St Ló, France after the Normandy town was bombed. Post World War two it raised £12 Million to help Post War Relief and set up the Freedom from Hunger Campaign which was that developed into Gorta. It went on to set up the first Blood Transfusion Service and opened up two hospitals to prevent the spread of TB. in 1965 the Red Cross launched Old Peoples Year which resulted in the formation of Meals-on-wheels, Home Help and Good Neighbour Service. It has been largely involved in helping Refugees from Hungary (1956), Vietnam (1979), Bahi (1985), Bosnia (1993) & Kosovo (1998). In 2005 it raised over €30 million for the Tsunami Relief Effort.
The Principles of the Red Cross are:
The international Red Cross and Red The Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded in the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering whenever it may be found . Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding friendship cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.
It makes no discrimination as to the nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals. Being guided solely by their needs, and give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the Humanitarian services of their Governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so they can act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other is World wide.
There can be only one Red Cross or Red Crescent Movement in any one Country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its Humanitarian throughout its territory.
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by the desire for gain.
The Cork City Branch of the Irish Red Cross was founded in 1939, with the foundation of the Irish Red Cross Society. Currently the Cork City Branch operates one uniformed unit, based at Donnybrook Commercial Center, Donnbrook, Douglas, Cork. This Unit offers members aged 18 and over a chance to volunteer at events, and achieve training up to Instructor level. We currently have approximately 40 volunteers in the Cork City Unit, delivering first aid and ambulance services to events in Cork City and County.
Our Unit meeting night takes place every Wednesday evening. A varied, and well planned training programme takes place every week, ensuring that members are ready to deal with all aspects of emergency work. Examples of training include ambulance procedures, bike training, resuscitation, radio operations, stress management, major incident management, guest speakers and more. Membership of the Unit varies from students, IT professionals and managers to bus drivers, medical staff, engineers, and others.
|Our mission is to identify
and deliver humanitarian
assistance, both at home
and abroad, to those
who are most in need.
In achieving this we will be
guided by the fundamental
principles of the Red Cross.
The Irish Red Cross has a fleet of over 140 vehicles. These include ambulances, 4 wheel drive ambulances and minibuses. The Irish Red Cross provides first aid cover at numerous events around the country every week.
The Irish Red Cross supports the vulnerable in our society by providing a range of community services and activities through their local branches.
First Aid Training
Did you know that over 6,000 people die of out of hospital Cardiac Arrest every year. That's 18 people every day. If you were the first person on the scene of one of the cardiac arrests would you know what to do?
The Irish Red Cross provides a variety of services to the general public. As well as our first aid services we also have other rescue services which are available through the 999/112 system.
Tracing and Messaging
The International Tracing and Family Communication Service primarily help to reunite family members that have lost contact through war or disaster.