Red Cross An­nual Report

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

“This year, the ac­tions of the Red Cross in the Estrie re­gion was a de­cid­ing fac­tor for more than 153 peo­ple, vic­tims of dis­as­ters that re­ceived help in 41 dif­fer­ent in­ter­ven­tions,” said Red Cross spokesper­son and vol­un­teer Vicky Chainey.

In the Estrie, like all over the world, the Red Cross of­fers hu­man and ma­te­rial sup­port to those who have lost ev­ery­thing. Ev­ery day in Que­bec, teams of vol­un­teer in­ter­ven­ers come to the aid of vic­tims. The con­tin­ued gen­eros­ity of donors al­lows the or­ga­ni­za­tion to meet their hous­ing, food and cloth­ing needs as well as of­fer mo­ral sup­port in dif­fi­cult times.

The Red Cross acts be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter catas­tro­phes to re­spond to the most ur­gent needs of vic­tims. In terms of pre­pared­ness, one of the most im­por­tant as­pects of the Red Cross is the train­ing that the vol­un­teers get so they may in­ter­vene and ‘be there’ at the most im­por­tant time: in an emer­gency.

This type of in­ter­ven­tion, done face-to­face with peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced a catas­tro­phe and may have lost ev­ery­thing, can­not be im­pro­vised. That’s why Red Cross vol­un­teers re­ceive am­ple train­ing and have the tools nec­es­sary to help.

Vol­un­teers for the Red Cross are needed in the Lac Me­gan­tic re­gion. “If you think you have the hu­man qual­i­ties needed to help peo­ple in vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tions, then join the big­gest hu­man­i­tar­ian aid or­ga­ni­za­tion,” con­cluded Vicky Chainey.

Que­bec 2012 statis­tics

Dur­ing the last year, the Red Cross re­sponded to 965 dis­as­ters and came to the aid of 4,243 vic­tims. In Que­bec, the Red Cross in­ter­venes, on av­er­age, three times a day to of­fer emer­gency help to thou­sands of vic­tims. Do­na­tions can be made to the Red Cross by call­ing 1 800 418-1111 or by vis­it­ing their web­site.

Red Cross spokesper­son, Vicky Chainey, oth­ers to join this vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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Red Cross vol­un­teers pro­vide mo­ral and ma­te­rial sup­port in times of need.

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