Lives in Akumal are being saved day by day! For the past two years, the Akumal community has rallied together to raise money to have our own Red Cross ambulance right here in town. Prior to 2014, we had to rely on the ambulances based at the Tulum Red Cross station, almost half an hour away, which meant that precious time was lost waiting on transportation and paramedics in the event of a medical emergency. Deaths in Akumal dropped 500% in 2015 thanks to the presence of paramedics and lifeguards who are now able to get patients to the hospital quickly. In the past 8 months alone, the Akumal Ambulance has responded to nearly 120 medical emergencies, on many occasions pulling unresponsive people from the bays and successfully resuscitating them and getting them to the hospital in time. The Red Cross team has also been providing defibrillator training courses in the community in order to dramatically increase survival rates among heart attack victims, with several defibrillator machines throughout the area. Each Red Cross chapter relies entirely on financial support from its own community, and it’s up to us to keep the ambulance and the paramedic team here in Akumal. This summer, the time has come to once again raise funds for this important local cause; money is needed for the ambulance, the paramedics and all the equipment in order to continue saving lives.
This year’s Akumal Ambulance Fundraiser Dinner will once again be hosted at the famous Turtle Bay Café and Bakery, an iconic restaurant near Akumal Bay, on Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 pm. Turtle Bay has promised “a fabulous evening of delicious food, live music and comedy entertainment to help raise funds to keep our ambulance and its crew in Akumal.” The fundraiser dinner costs $650 pesos per person, with 100% of the ticket price going directly to the operating costs of the Akumal Ambulance. Thank you for your incredible generosity, Turtle Bay Café! The dinner includes a 3-course meal plus 2 Cueva Vodka cocktails.
To start (a choice of one of the following):
- Chicken tortilla soup
- Caesar salad
Main course (a choice of one of the following):
- Roasted vegetable lasagna
- Grilled fresh fish
- Smoked stuffed pork loin
Dessert (a choice of one of the following):
- Homemade small batch ice cream
- Key Lime Pie
To purchase your ticket, you can reserve your seat directly at the Turtle Bay Café, or click here to buy tickets online via Paypal or credit card.
To keep up with the latest updates on the event, click here to join the Akumal Ambulance Fundraiser Dinner event page on Facebook.
Those of you who won’t be in town to attend but would still like to make a donation toward the Akumal Ambulance, please click here to make an online donation or contact Marieke Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alejandra Coronel Dzul at email@example.com
And of course, if you’re living or planning a vacation to Akumal, make sure to save these emergency numbers on your cell phone:
Tulum Red Cross HQ – 984 802 5521
Akumal Ambulance Direct Cell – 984 129 9471