New council of the local Red Cross
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
“All my heart and all my effort will be for the Red Cross,” Leticia Fernández, the new president of the local Red Cross, told Atención.
Fernández, from Monterrey, Nuevo León, studied to be an antiquarian and art restorer in Florence, Italy. In her city, she used to support the Red Cross by curating a yearly art auction.
When she arrived in San Miguel de Allende 10 years ago, and her children were older, she felt the need to give back to society some of what she had received, and when Dr. Roberto Maxwell and Rosario Hoyos de Vega invited her to be a volunteer at the Red Cross, she accepted.
In the last administration of that institution, Fernández was the vice president, until two months ago when the Guanajuato delegation asked her to be the president. Fernández was sworn in on Friday, March 14. She said that the most important of her projects is to achieve the construction of the first regional training center of the Red Cross of Guanajuato in San Miguel. She remarked that the local government has agreed to pay for the first of four phases of the project. She did not mention the cost of the construction but said that they will work to get resources from the federal congress.
Fernández remarked that when she took over the helm the Red Cross was “in need, as always,” but “we hope to improve the services.” In addition, she commented that the new council is made up of people with creative ideas and will work to get financial resources not just from the local population but also from industries and companies, which also need emergency services from the Red Cross and should support it. The president also highlighted that the donations from residents will be well administered to offer better emergency services. The Red Cross currently has seven ambulances, but two of them require repairs.
The new administration also launched the yearly fundraising campaign, which across the country has the slogan “every coin counts.” In San Miguel, last year the money collected was no more than 140,000 pesos. Fernández asked people to donate and commented that the institution needs a monthly budget of 150,000 pesos to operate.
Every emergency service of the Red Cross costs 800 pesos.