ERRC presented with the Gozo NGOs Association Award for Gallantry
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The Gozo NGOs Association, has for the first time, presented an award for gallantry to a Gozitan organisation which during the past year showed exceptional bravery in its work.
The Association awarded it to the ERRC – Emergency Response and Rescue Corps – in appreciation, and to honour one of its members for the impact on society of the organisation’s invaluable work.
The ERRC (water rescue unit) dealt with over 1579 cases during the 2014 summer season. Its volunteers carried out 1317 interventions at the Blue Lagoon, 208 interventions at Ramla Bay and 54 interventions in Marsalforn.
The interventions by the ERRC were in response to spinal injuries suffered due to cliff jumping, as well as to help panicked and tired swimmers. Lifeguards assisted in the search for a missing person on Comino, and in Ramla Bay a mother and son were saved through the immediate intervention of the lifeguards while swimming in rough seas. A very common intervention was that of injuries caused by jellyfish stings.
The Award was presented during a ceremony to mark International Volunteer Day, at the medieval Chapel of Santa Cecilja in Ghajnsielem.
Dr. Maria Mercedes Rossi, from the United Nations Office in Geneva, delivered a talk to those present, and afterwards presented the award to Philip Vella President of the ERRC, who accepted it on behalf of the organisation.
The presentation was made in the presence of Comm. Carmel Zammit, President of the Gozo NGOs Association, Mr Ryan Mercieca, Secretary of the Association, as well as Ms Pauline Grech, Mr Joe Camilleri, Mr Marc Schembri, Mr. Eric Joseph Grech, members of the Association and a number of NGO representatives.