Volunteers help kick-off U17 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica

Publié: 21 mars 2014 14:47 CET

Last weekend saw the kick off of the first Under 17 women’s football World Cup in Costa Rica. The tournament saw teams from 16 countries come together to compete for the FIFA trophy for the first time. The Costa Rican Red Cross is on hand to provide both first aid and emergency care over the three weeks of competition and will be a visible presence both inside and outside the venues.

Volunteers will be in action at the National Stadium of Costa Rica at La Sabana , Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San José and Tibás Estadio Edgardo Baltodano in Liberia, Guanacaste.

Jorge Granados, from the Guanacaste regional Red Cross said that the volunteers were working as a real team. “Together we seek one goal, which is show how the Red Cross works within its Fundamental Principles. We prepare every day to meet the expectations of FIFA and the general public, and highlighting our work in patient care.”

Meanwhile, Dimitri Bolaños of the National Relief Operations expressed and well-coordinated effort of all the subsidiary committees of San Juan de Dios , Homeless, Ipís , Santa Ana, Alajuela , Atenas, Palmares and San Isidro de Heredia , and the cruzrojista staff attending the meetings.

The organization provided five advanced support ambulances, seven basic operating vehicles, 95 lifeguards, medical staff, EMTs, nursing, communications and first aid attendants.

Jim Batres , Deputy Director of Operations said: "We provide a quality service not only at the  matches, but also at training sessions. We are a leader in the providing these services at massive events all over the country."