Below is a letter from Claudia of the Tulum Red Cross with regards to the Akumal Ambulance.
January 23rd, 2017
Dear Akumal Community:
On behalf of the Red Cross in Tulum and as a member of the board, I would like to thank all of those who have made possible having an ambulance in Akumal for the past two years. The ambulance was requested to the Red Cross by Marieke Brown and by the Comedy Festival because they saw the need for it and have worked very hard to keep it going. One of the 2 ambulances was sent to Akumal in 2015 and it has been very successful in saving many lives and attending many emergencies.
It is necessary for Akumal to have an ambulance in town because of its growing community and diverse activities. As you know the coverage for the ambulance is Akumal town, Centro, North and South, Oasis, Aventuras Akumal, Punta Sur, Sirenis, San Martin, Secrets, Akumal Bay, Bahia Principe Hotel and Residential area, Aktun Chen, Chemuyil and Chan Chemuyil, and anything along the highway. It is the duty of Red Cross to attend any call or accident and transfer the people involved to the nearest medial facility free of charge. The ambulance is in this area 24/7 except Mondays between 12:00 hrs. and 16:00 hrs. During this time is when the paramedics change shifts. Usually it is parked along the side of the arches at the entrance of Akumal. The ambulance is fully equipped and the paramedics have all of their required training.
I am sorry to say that at this time the Red Cross in Tulum is having difficulties in keeping the ambulance at the service of Akumal because of the cost to maintain it. As you may know the Red Cross is not part of the Mexican government even though they do contribute with a voluntary sum every year. The only way that the Red Cross has funds is through the yearly collect, local fundraisers and your donations.
Having an ambulance in Akumal costs the Red Cross in Tulum approximately $65000.00 pesos a month, including everything even though food and lodging is provided for the paramedics by Hotel Secrets.
Please let’s get together as a community and keep the ambulance in Akumal we never know when we will need it. You may donate on this page, by pay pal, making direct deposits, or I will be available every other Tuesday morning at Turtle Bay Café, (where the best fundraisers have been held for this cause) to collect your donation with a tax deductible receipt in hand and to answer any questions about the operation of the red Cross in Tulum.
Claudia Alejandra Muñoz
Board member of Cruz Roja Delegación Tulum
Just push the Donate button at the bottom of the page — couldn’t be easier!
It’s especially important during tourist season with its increased traffic and highway delays that Akumal keeps our ambulance handy.
Think of it this way: money saved on our low-cost health services can be chipped in to the ambulance fund . . .