With the aim of exceeding the amount collected in 2017, the Red Cross Collection 2018 began in this city, which will have the voluntary support of students from the University of Valladolid Yucatán (UVY) and the Higher Technological Institute of Valladolid (Itsva). Volunteers will collect money on the streets to achieve the goal.
María del Carmen Corral Pineda, president of the local branch of the Red Cross, recalled that last year they raised $429,000 pesos, a figure that far exceeded the $149,000 obtained in 2016. However, this year they hope to achieve better results.
“The $429,000 last year were not enough to cover all the needs of the institution, but with resources obtained from the rent of the ambulances to private companies it was possible collect significantly more resources”.
She explained that during the year they acquired 10 metal chairs, two computers, a microwave, a stove, a blender, a dining table with five chairs, an industrial fan, an infrared telephone, an automatic defibrillator and a projector. The building’s windows were also changed, the roofs were waterproofed and the facade of the building was painted and repaired. In addition, the necessary equipment for an ambulance was acquired. In all of the above, $120,361.76 was invested.
María del Carmen Corral reported that in payment of the payroll, medical supplies, electricity, telephone, fuel and insurance of the ambulance and staff $728,765.14 were spent, so the total expenses were $849,126.90, which means that more money was actually spent than obtained.
“What was left to pay was obtained from the rent of the two ambulances, which many businesses and private users lease during the year,” she said.
In her report she also recalled that clothing and food were collected to support those affected by the earthquakes.
“In addition, last December activities were done to give more than 1,000 toys to an equal number of children in conditions of vulnerability in the muncipality of Valladolid,” she said.
María del Carmen Corral thanked the support of her team of collaborators, including her new coordinator of Volunteer Ladies, Geisy del Rosario Chay Tuz, and also to the university students, “whose joint work will surely result in the achievement of the objectives “.
The local president of the Red Cross, Maria del Carmen Corral Pineda, invited everyone to collaborate.
She said that with the resources obtained last year the local delegation of the Red Cross can be considered self-sustaining, so now an invitation is made to society, to all public and private institutions to make a donation, in order to reach the goal.
“People can even go online to the Red Cross website and donate using a credit card or bank transfer”, she added.
The president of the local delegation said that with part of the resources obtained this time, she plans, among other things, to improve the paramedics’ dormitory, since although they have a space now, the place can use some improvement.
In addition, she indicated that the money would be used for normal operating expenses, since they now amount to 80,000 pesos per month because it has both ambulances. She recalled that one of these was donated last year to the Red Cross through the local delegation of the Canaco.
Source: Diario de Yucatán
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