Foyle Search and Rescue has been announced as the official charity partner for the firmus energy City of Culture Triathlon.
The charity is hoping for a financial boost from the sponsorship of triathletes choosing to take part on its behalf.
Craig Smyth, from Foyle Search and Rescue, encouraged competitors to sign up to raise money for the charity. “I would encourage anybody thinking of taking part in the triathlon, who hasn’t already chosen a nominated charity, to support us. We will also be at the event collecting money should anyone wish to help fund this vital work,” Mr Smyth said. He added: “During the last twenty years we have helped to stop more than 2,300 potential suicides, rescued more than 280 people directly from the water and sadly recovered more than 110 bodies. Our 89 volunteers selflessly give up their own time every week. We can be on foot, in boats and in rescue vehicles, helping people in distress, offering help and support and if someone has entered the water, we will rescue them and bring them ashore.”
Michael Scott, of firmus energy, added: “Foyle Search and Rescue is a vital service that is extremely important to the local community and it is fitting that they are associated with such a huge event in the City of Culture 2013 calendar.” Anyone interested in competing in support of the charity should call 02871 313800.