The late Chloe Burke posthumously receives IRC Cork Volunteer of the Year

Posted on: 1st December, 2015

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

The Irish Red Cross Cork Area has posthumously presented Chloe Burke from Clonakilty with the  ‘Cork Volunteer of the Year’ award, an annual award presented to members who give great commitment to the Red Cross.

Chloe, who very sadly passed away suddenly in April of this year at the young age of 26 years, was nominated by the Clonakilty Branch for her outstanding commitment to the IRC since the age of 11, when she joined as a youth member. Before she passed away, Chloe had been elected as the Community Services Officer and was making great strides in her work, engaging with the community along with being an active unit member.

Clonakilty branch Chairman Padraig O’Reilly accepted the ‘Cork Volunteer of the Year’ award on behalf of Chloe’s family, and spoke very highly of her, “Chloe was the centre of our branch in Clonakilty, always at the fore to help in anyway she possibly could. The thing that stands out for me about Chloe is that, although I thought I knew most of what I could know about this bright young lady, I never knew exactly the huge amount of voluntary work Chloe was actually involved in until after her passing. This is a true reflection of just how Chloe went about her work, without looking for any praise. She was the pioneer of the meaning of a volunteer.”

Presenting the award, Cork South West Area Director of Units John Joe Lyons, who knew Chloe all of her life, said, “Chloe was a very active unit member in Clonakilty and gave up her time regularly to be part of a crew on the Clonakilty Ambulance. She was a competent and professional Emergency First Responder and was aspiring to become an Emergency Medical Technician in the coming year. Chloe is very sadly missed by her Red Cross colleagues.”

The Late Chloe Buke who received IRC Cork Volunteer Of The Year 2015 Posthumously.

The Late Chloe Buke who received IRC Cork Volunteer Of The Year 2015 Posthumously.

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