Limerick woman is Irish Red Cross volunteer of the year

Gina O’Dwyer being presented with her award by Pat Carey and Aiden Lonergan of the Irish Red Cross national executive.

A LIMERICK woman who provides transport for hospice patients and others who need assistance for essential medical appointments has been presented with the Irish Red Cross Volunteer of the Year award.

Even the Covid-19 pandemic, didn’t stop Gina O’Dwyer continuing her volunteer work as she was involved in dropping off care packs to various organisations throughout Limerick.

Since the Ukraine crisis began, she has been at the forefront of the local response spending hours with refugees at Shannon Airport and giving them the help they require, often staying late into the night to ensure that everyone has what they need.

She has organised and delivered care and food packages for refugees and visits them in hotel or home accommodation to ensure they are supported.

The selfless Limerick woman even volunteers while on holidays – staying on the phone to assist other Red Cross volunteers in organising their activities.

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Irish Red Cross Secretary General Liam O’Dwyer said “Gina is an amazing Irish Red Cross volunteer and along with her team does so much amazing and selfless work and are the true epitome of volunteerism who give so much of their time to their community and surrounding community in Limerick.

“Gina is 100 per cent committed to the Red Cross and is a genuine and passionate volunteer whose contribution is more than worthy of the award,” Mr O’Dwyer added.