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Children celebrate community involvement in Turks and Caicos Islands

7 May 2009

Hundreds of children wearing red form a giant crossParadise PhotographyAround 600 schoolchildren turned out to celebrate the difference they can make in their communities at an event organised by the Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross, an Overseas Branch of the British Red Cross.

The young people joined together to form a red cross nearly 80 feet tall and wide at the National Stadium Track on 1 May.

Linda Sweeney, director of the TCI Red Cross, said: “We wanted to introduce the kids to the Red Cross so they’ll hopefully get more involved with us in their schools."

Making a difference

She continued: “We also wanted to inspire them about all the ways they can make a difference in their communities, so we brought some emergency responders from the fire brigade, police, cadets, ambulance and US Coast Guard.”

The TCI Red Cross is creating a programme to get young people involved in its work. Linda said: “We have so many potential humanitarians just waiting to be given direction. Having these young people involved with the Red Cross will have a huge impact on what we’re able to accomplish in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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