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Voluntary Aid Detachment

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V.A.D. Overview

Individuals who join the Malaysian Red Crescent Society are grouped into three movement; Link, Youth and the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Links and Youth movement are for school members. The Voluntary Aid Detachment is meant for adult volunteers who have already completed their secondary school education.

A team of VAD consist of about 20-40 members and is lead by a commandant who reports to Chapter Committee. Members in the VAD consist of working individuals and students in tertiary institution. There are also a few homemakers in the VAD. The activities of VAD’s center upon more mature activities such as ambulance services, public duties & organising events.

In summary, if an adult individual joins the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, he will be placed in a Voluntary Aid Detachment.

VAD membership

Membership to the Voluntary aid Detachment is open to everyone above the 18 years of age. Individuals could choose to join any of the VAD’s available in Penang Branch, be it in Seberang Prai or Island. There is no age limit to becoming a VAD member.

Membership to the VAD is considered to be an ordinary membership in the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and is subjected to a minimal membership fee of RM2 a year.

Each VAD have their own specialty and expertise. The VAD’s have means to organize their own activities, therefore creating a niche among themselves. Before joining the VAD, you can ask around for each VAD’s activities and choose which of the VAD suits your lifestyle.

Activities

VAD activities are more mature and advanced in nature as compared the youth and link movement. As adults, VAD members are entrusted to carry out more complicated activities which require more responsibility, maturity and experience from the individual. Activities carried out by VAD members are such as

– Ambulance service
– Disaster Relief
– Community Service

There are also more training types and sessions available for VAD, such as Basic Life Support.

On top of that, VAD members has been known to organize community oriented programs which is more suited for the community. As adults, VAD members has networking skills, awareness and maturity level to reach out to more people in the community than the youth or link members. VAD members also bring along professional experience and know into the Malaysian Red Crescent Society to enable value added services to the Society.

Benefits

Voluntary Aid Detachment members receive advanced training on first aid. These training are such as Basic Life Support which requires the participant to handle advanced medical equipment. VAD members are also given training on Ambulatory Services which enables them to drive the ambulance.

Being a member of VAD opens up the possibility for an individual to network and learn from each other. VAD members consist of individuals from various walks of life who share the same common interest of serving the community. Being a member of the VAD allows you to be different yet share the same cause.

If you were previously from the youth movement, the Voluntary Aid Detachment allows you to continue your service after leaving school. This will ensure that you do not waste away your experience and knowledge that you have gained during your service in the youth movement.

Being in the VAD also gives you the opportunity to be a leader in the Malaysian Red Crescent Society. Many VAD members have moved on to become Chapter and Branch committee members.

How to join

Please contact the respective chapter and express your interest to join the VAD. Each chapter has their own process of handling new members in the VAD. It is advisable that you choose the VAD that is based nearest to your place of residence:

1) Island Chapter

2) North of Seberang Perai Chapter

3) Central & South of Seberang Perai Chapter


Registered Voluntary Aid Detachments

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

The existing registered VADs under three Chapters for year 2007 are listed as below :-

 

VAD

Chapter

Strength

1

SPT&S

30

2

SPT&S

25

3

SPU

38

4

SPT&S

20

6, 7 & 9

ISAND

110

8

SPT&S

22

11

ISLAND

3

12

SPT&S

40

14

SPU

76

15

SPU

18

16

SPT&S

25

19

SPT&S

400

20

ISLAND

23

21

ISLAND

15

22

ISLAND

24

23

ISLAND

24

24

ISLAND

27

25

SPU

60

26

SPT&S

30

27

ISLAND

34

28

SPU

40

29

SPU

68

30

IKBN

40

 

 

 

 

Christmas Party at the Paediatrics Wards, HPP

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Voluntary Aid Detachment 20 together with the Health and Community Service Committee, Island Chapter will be organising the annual Christmas Party for the unfortunate children at the Paediatrics Wards, Penang Hospital. This event will be held on 10 am, 16 December 2006 at Ward C1 and C2, Penang Hospital.

The children will be entertained with magic show and baloon sculpture. They also each receive a party pack to celebrate the holiday season.

This event is held annually and is partially funded by corporate and individual donors.

Island Chapter VAD Open Day

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Date: 19th June 2005
Time: 10.00a.m. To 2.00p.m.
Venue: Island Plaza, Tanjung Tokong

Curious and interested to know what the VAD does and how its members contributed towards the community voluntarily? Then why not come along and join us our 1st VAD Open Day with the theme ‘Humanity Volunteerism Day’. There will be an exhibition showcasing the activities of our various VADs. Our members will be on hand to guide you through the exhibition and answer your queries.

Before you leave, why not sigh up and become a VAD member yourself? We will be very glad to welcome you aboard. Qualification required: Desire to help others.

Other activities include:

1. Talk on “The Structure of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society”
2. Free Health Screening
3. Talk on “Family Planning”

So see you there!

Posted by: Nee Shen

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