The fifth annual Carnival Group Mardi Gras bead fundraiser ended by presenting $7,000 USD ( approximately $91,000 pesos) to the Cruz Roja Clinic of Cozumel. It was combined with last year’s funds and The Airport Group’s collected donations for a total of $19,500 USD (approximately $227,888 pesos) and is dedicated to purchasing some new equipment and some replacement equipment for the three Cozumel Cruz Roja ambulances, training equipment for the EMTs (emergency medical technicians), communication equipment for the office and a large new storage cabinet for the emergency room supplies.

Forty-eight members of The Carnival Group volunteered to man the bead booth this year on the downtown plaza and at MEGA. It’s a group of men and women volunteers, some of whom are winter visitors and some of whom are Cozumel year-’round residents, a great opportunity to get to know and work in an international volunteer experience!

Cruz Roja volunteers will be holding a bazaar later this month at the Cruz Roja Clinic on Ave. 65 at Calle 25 Sur. They are requesting donations now of gently used clothing (no holes or rips) and shoes, costume jewelry, handbags, any kitchen items, small appliances and lamps in working condition, furniture, towels and sheets, etc. No English paperbacks, please. If you have nothing of your own to donate, perhaps you might buy something to donate. Two items that particularly sell well at local bazaars are children’s and teens underwear and bath towels. Deliver your items to Eli or Rosi at the Clinic or you may email Martha at to have your donations picked up south of downtown or Sandy at to have your donations picked up north of downtown.


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!…

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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