Foyle Search and Rescue has once again been announced as the official charity partner for the firmus energy City of Derry Triathlon.
Last year more than £1000 was donated to the organisation via people taking part raising money directly for the charity and through an entry fee donation from the event organisers, the North West Triathlon Club, who provided a small percentage of each person’s registration fee to Foyle Search and Rescue.
Having experienced a drop in public funding, the charity hopes to benefit financially from the support of triathletes choosing to raise money on its behalf in the upcoming 2014 event. The money will be spent maintaining the organisation’s services in the area, as part of Foyle Search and Rescue’s fundraising efforts, whereby a number of events are being held across the City and the money raised will all go into a central fund.
Eamon Eannetta, from Foyle Search and Rescue, commented: “Last year we were overwhelmed by the levels of support for our work and people were extremely generous, which is greatly appreciated by our teams who work in all weathers to keep everyone safe in and around the water.
“We focus on actively preventing incidents, educating and promoting water safety; intervention when a potential event is about to occur and also assistance and advice should a serious incident takes place. We are not restricted to helping one group of people – we are there for everyone in the community who needs us, regardless of age, gender, religion or background.
“During the last twenty years we have helped to stop more than 2500 potential suicides, rescued more than 294 people directly from the water and sadly recovered more than 117 bodies. Our 81 volunteers selflessly give up their own time every week to help people in need, patrolling the river at peak high-risk times, such as weekend nights. I would encourage anybody thinking of taking part in the Triathlon who hasn’t already chosen a nominated charity, to support us and we will also be at the event collecting money should anyone wish to help fund our vital work.”
Angeline Sloan, PR, event and sponsorship specialist of firmus commented: “Foyle Search and Rescue is a vital service that is extremely important to the local community.” To take part in the Triathlon on Sunday 13 July, visit www.firmusenergytriathlon.co.uk and if you are interested in supporting of Foyle Search and Rescue contact 07927076284.