MAYOR of Motril Luisa Garcia Chamorro visited Red Cross offices in the Axarquia town, in an event to honour its members.
The town’s branch of the Red Cross counts on the help of 300 volunteers who, in 2014, have assisted more than 3,000 people in social matters.
In addition, the Red Cross has provided medical treatment to around 500 people rescued by Guardia Civil and Salvamento Maritimo (Spanish sea search and rescue) when they were trying to reach the coast in dinghies.
“In a completely altruistic way, the volunteers help the community through different intervention projects,” said Ms Chamorro.
The Red Cross assists women, youths and children with social difficulties, senior citizens, disabled residents, immigrants, and families who live in an extreme state of vulnerability as a result of the financial crisis.
In addition, the Red Cross runs a training department, where volunteers are taught to deal with different situations.
Ms Chamorro also visited the facilities that the Red Cross has in Motril Port, were the Immediate Emergency Response Team (ERIE) are in charge of providing medical treatment for immigrants who arrive in the port after being rescued by Salvamento Maritimo and the Guardia Civil police.