STAFF REPORTER
SOCIAL work undertaken by the Balearic Red Cross in 2009 increased by 37.84 percent in comparison with their workload during the previous year, the organisation's President, Miquel Alenya reported yesterday.

Alenya said that the Red Cross has now been operating in the Balearics for 136 years and one of the most impressive features of the organisation is the way it quickly adapts to the demands of changing circumstances.

The President said that in 2009, due to the economic crisis, the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society became significantly more acute and the Red Cross rose to the challenge - the homeless, the unemployed, immigrant groups unable to buy enough food to see them from one month to the next, and those who became victims of social emergencies such as the breakdown of a family home.

Alenya claimed that last year, the Balearic Red Cross had been working with the same funding as in 2008 and with around the same number of volunteers. Despite no increase in funding or staff, the organisation had the commitment to take on nearly 40 percent extra work.

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