If you’re wintering in Cozumel and would like to help out the island community here is a great opportunity.  Volunteer just three hours a week at the airport departure lounge soliciting donations for the Cozumel Cruz Roja.  It’s a lot of fun interacting with travelers who have just spent a vacation in Cozumel, and a great way to be an ambassador to the island.        Airport shifts generally start mid-morning and are only 3 hours in duration. Depending on departure schedules, some days will need one or two shifts. Work alone in your provided Cruz Roja smock and donation “bucket” or invite a spouse or friend share in the fun.  The Airport Group volunteers will be required to obtain a security badge in order to enter the airport’s departure lounge. Since the administrator at the Cruz Roja is assisting in obtaining the badges, we are looking for people who would agree to volunteer a minimum of six weeks.

Overall, the Airport Group will be active for ten weeks this winter, beginning mid-January through the end of March. On Friday, January 10 the group will submit the forms to obtain the security badges, however, if you’re arriving later, we can also assist you according to your schedule.

Last year between the combined efforts of The Carnival Group and The Airport Group volunteers for Cruz Roja Cozumel, there are approximately $9,838 (USD) in a dedicated Cruz Roja bank account, set up solely for the purchase of a sonogram machine for the Cruz Roja Clinic. The Carnival Group obtained approximately $6,705 (USD) in donations and The Airport Group obtained approximately $3,123 (USD) in 2013.

The clinic’s board of directors selected the goal of purchasing a sonogram machine for The Carnival Group and The Airport Group’s  combined effort. To raise the $18,000 (USD) for the purchase, it will take volunteer efforts in 2013 and 2014 – two years – to raise the funds. As you can see, we reached a little over half our goal in our first year. The board emphasizes the addition of this piece of equipment will be a valuable lifesaving expansion of services to the people of Cozumel. Every penny collected by The Airport Group goes toward the purchase – a fact giving donors a reason to give generously.    We hope you’ll choose to be a part of this very worthwhile endeavor this winter. Please let me know if you will be joining us. Because Mardi Gras is later this year (March 4), you will be hearing about The Carnival Group the first week in February.for more information, please contact Sandy Timmons at rickandsandytimmons@yahoo.com

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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