Lynda is currently the youth officer within the Tralee branch of the Irish Red Cross. This branch started modestly with 8 members and has now grown to over 30 members. Every year the group supports numerous transition year students to learn first aid for the Gaisce awards. In the past 2years Lynda has taught over 150 students. These students, thanks to Lynda, could potentially save someone’s life. Having been a member of the Red Cross now for 20 years, on an average year, Lynda carries out over 300 hours of ambulance duty cover as a trained Emergency Medical Technician and another 700 hours of voluntary work with her other work within the youth section.
Lynda organises the St Patrick Day, Easter Sunday and Christmas visits to the community hospitals. She also collects the toys for the children’s ward for Christmas and hampers for the homeless shelters. Lynda not only encourages her students to be outstanding youths but also to be active citizens. Majella Forde nominated Lynda for a Volunteer Ireland Award, she said “Lynda gives up her time freely, at no personal gain to herself, to expand the educational and civic growth of the youths, address relevant social concerns, and develop improvements that enhance the quality of youth training and promote the Irish Red Cross as a welcoming, supportive community in which to live, work, visit, and be a partner of change locally, nationally and internationally.“
Photo courtesy of Dan Murphy