The Cruz Roja Carnaval Group, a group of over 60 men and women volunteers, successfully completed their annual fundraiser to benefit Cozumel’s Cruz Roja Clinic on Ave. 65.  The donations collected this year and next year will be used toward the purchase of a sonogram machine for the Clinic.  In exchange for a donation of either  $3, $5 or $10 USD, each donor got to select a string of Carnival beads from a large selection  on display.   This year souvenir Carnival tee shirts were also offered by the group.  This year’s leaders of the fundraiser were Marilynn  and Dave Hrouda from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and local resident and longtime Cruz Roja volunteer, Martha Sempere, who serves as the group’s liaison officer with the Cruz Roja Board of Directors.

Participation in The Carnival Group is open to anyone who would like to give back to the people of Cozumel who host our visits to their island.  Each volunteer is asked to commit a minimum of six hours to the project during Carnival – two three-hour shifts in the bead booth.  If you would like to be a part of this once-a-year fundraiser, please email Sandy Timmons at   You will be notified next January of the kick-off breakfast, schedule for working, and attend the presentation luncheon when the funds are presented to Cruz Roja.   Another volunteer opportunity with Cruz Roja is to work once a week at the airport departure lounge asking for donations from departing passengers.  The Airport Group will be active between now and the end of March.  Kindly email Sandy if you would enjoy joining this group of volunteers.

This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

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