February is “Heart” month, and it is very fitting that the Red Cross is as busy as ever this month with fundraising for community programs thanks to two great local businesses that approached us to help support the work we do.
Our new Blood Drive Coordinator Heidi Simmons started the year off with her first blood drive on January 30. The San Pedro Belize Red Cross and Belize Blood Services team were able to collect 9 pints for our Ambergris Caye Reserve – enough to save a number of lives.
In 2016 First Aid coordinator and instructors Ashty and assistant, Martin taught our San Pedro Red Cross Youth group in a half day noncertified workshop.
In case you missed our 2015 year-end stats
This past year on Ambergris Caye – 64 people were trained in 6 sessions; 6 businesses, 2 schools, 3 private citizens and 2 new Red Cross volunteers were represented. Since San Pedro Branch’s re-inception in 2013, 263 have been trained from 46 businesses and 2 lives have been saved; both were children.
Blood Drive Coordinator Sue Barkhouse successfully planned and executed 3 blood drives in 2015 – February 7, June 27 and October 3; with 100 pints collected.
Two great and very different Valentines fundraisers
Coco Loco’s Beach Bar owner Carmen Arenal approached one of the Red Cross Volunteers to ask if she could do a fundraiser for the Branch.
The request was answered with a resounding “yes of course” from the Branch Coordinator after consulting with the Branch Board.
Tomorrow, February 13, 2016, is the first of 2 “Valentines” Fundraisers. It will be a “Games Day & BBQ” featuring Cribbage and Cornhole. BBQ Plate is $10.00 and will be available around noon.
If having one establishment asking if they could do a fundraiser for The Red Cross wasn’t enough, Stella’s Smile asked me about doing one as well. Because the 13th was already booked we opted for Sunday, which is actually Valentine’s day.
Between 8 AM and 2 PM, Stella’s Smile will serve their famous crepe and bottomless mimosa brunch! For $2.00, DJ Matt Hoy will play your special love song, and Stella’s will match that amount for a contribution the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch
See that event notice by clicking Stella’s Smile Fundraiser.