The Cruz Roja Carnaval Group is gearing up for another great season.  They are a group of 76 volunteers who once-a-year man a Mardi Gras bead booth, accepting donations of $3, $5 or $10 (USD or the equivalent in Mexican pesos) for the Cruz Roja in exchange for a string of beads, or a Carnaval T-shirt. This is the group’s 5th year in action, and second project.  The first project, which took two years, raised enough funds for the purchase of a x-ray machine for the Cruz Roja Clinic; which has allowed them to provide this service low-cost to those who would not normally be able to afford it.  Last winter, the Carnaval Group and the Airport Group combined collected over $9,000 USD toward the goal of purchasing a used ultrasound machine for the Clinic, reaching halfway toward the cost of  a used machine, however, a very generous donor came along in recent months and donated an ultrasound machine to the Clinic and it arrived here last month.

Now the group has an even bigger proposed goal:   furnishing the waiting room/lobby of a proposed new medical office building which the Cruz Roja Board hopes to build on the Clinic’s property this year. Local doctors will have the opportunity to rent independent space, and these funds provide operating income and the ability to purchase equipment for the Clinic.

There are several different opportunities to serve as a Carnival Group volunteer this year. We need strollers – volunteers who would like to work independently, taking beads to their favorite places of business, restaurants and friends, asking for donations. We also need a scheduled 7 to 10 PM stroller each night visiting the plaza restaurants. We will have our large bead board on the plaza Friday (February 28), Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (March 4) with shifts from 1 PM to 4 PM, 4 PM to 7 PM and 7 PM to 10 PM. Each of the evening shifts we really would like to have a male volunteer working, so if you are a couple, this is a shift we hope you will encourage your significant other to volunteer with you. The smaller bead board will be in the MEGA downstairs lobby Wednesday (February 26), Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 2). The shift choices at MEGA are 12 noon to 3 PM, 3 PM to 6 PM and 6PM to 9 PM.

Volunteering with Cruz Roja in our community supports a very worthy cause serving the medical needs of many less fortunate local residents. Won’t you give up only six or nine hours of your glorious winter in beautiful Cozumel for the benefit of others? Please send your email today.  Interested in getting involved?  Our kick-off breakfast will be at 9 AM on Thursday, February 20. Please email Sandy Timmons      rickandsandytimmons@yahoo.com or
Marilynn Hrouda      dmhrouda@msn.com  for details.

Club Rotario Cozumel – During the entire month of love and friendship, the Rotary Club is offering the world famous “Krispy Kreme” donuts for sale.  These delicious donuts are available by pre-order only from any Rotary Club, Rotaract or Interact member.  The price is $135 pesos for a box of glazed and $170 pesos for a mixed box.  Place your orders now and they will be delivered on the 13th of February.  Your purchase allows these very worthy organizations to support various projects around Cozumel. Additionally, the Cozumel Rotary Club is working in conjunction with Texas Rotary Club 5890 to help the Center for the hearing impaired, “Manos y Voces A.C.”  If you’re interested in helping them remodel, and securing new educational equipment, please contact Alex Franco, alexfranco15@hotmail.com, a current Rotary member, or you can even contact them through facebook.

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.
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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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