Ambulance volunteer lauded for services
By Maurice Garvey
A LONG-serving member of St John Ambulance, Ballyfermot Division, Michael Cardiff, won recognition for his outstanding services at the 2017 Volunteer Ireland Awards.
Michael picked up his award during a ceremony in Sligo, the 2017 European Volunteering Capital, on December 1.
A member of St John Ambulance for 20 years, Michael is a divisional manager, responsible for the day-to-day running of the volunteer local service, administration and recruitment of new volunteers.
He offers volunteers the opportunity to develop themselves as individuals and encourages them to progress and achieve higher qualifications in cardiac first response, emergency first response and emergency medical technician training.
His role also involves communicating regularly with community and youth groups to ensure first aid is promoted locally in schools, clubs and places of employment.
Michael and a colleague Padraig Allen recently helped organise a CPR initiative for businesses in the Ballyfermot area.
Dublin City Volunteer Centre Manager Edwina Dewart said: “Volunteers are the backbone of communities across Ireland. Michael is a fantastic example of the strong culture of volunteering we have in Dublin City. “Volunteers are often unseen, but the contribution they make to Irish society is immense. These awards give us a chance to say thank you and celebrate the difference volunteers make every day.”