Put your best foot for­ward for Kerry Moun­tain Res­cue group

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - TARBERT -

ON the Sun­day af­ter­noon of Septem­ber 24, from 3pm to 6pm, a céilí is be­ing held in Knock­nagoshel Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in aid of the Kerry Moun­tain Res­cue Team.

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by John Nolan who has deep fam­ily con­nec­tions with the ser­vice the team pro­vides.

The mu­sic for the céilí will be played by Neilie O’Con­nor and ad­mis­sion is €10.

Kerry Moun­tain Res­cue Team (KMRT) is made up of 35 en­tirely vol­un­tary mem­bers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The team re­spond to climbers and walk­ers in dis­tress in the moun­tains of Kerry and south west Ire­land.

Dur­ing 2016 alone KMRT re­sponded to 41 sep­a­rate calls for help and as­sisted 40 peo­ple and dealt with two fa­tal­i­ties.

So far this year the team has re­sponded to over 25 calls.

In­come for the team is pri­mar­ily sourced from do­na­tions and fundrais­ing, with a small por­tion of fund­ing com­ing from govern­ment grants.

The main ar­eas of ex­pen­di­ture are in search and res­cue equip­ment, in­sur­ance, train­ing, ve­hi­cles and fuel.

The gen­er­ous do­na­tion of pro­ceeds from this céilí is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. The fund­ing will be used to pur­chase and up­grade the group’s tech­ni­cal res­cue equip­ment.

“We would like to thank John Nolan for this fund rais­ing ef­fort. It will help en­sure KMRT con­tinue to pro­vide a pro­fes­sional moun­tain res­cue ser­vice for the south west of Ire­land,” said Alan Wal­lace, PRO for the Kerry Moun­tain Res­cue Team.

Any­one with any ideas for fundrais­ing for the team or who my wish to do­nate can con­tact Alan on 087 2675360.

Céilí or­gan­iser, John Nolan (cen­tre) pic­tured with Kerry Moun­tain Res­cue Team mem­bers, Mick Long (left) and Mike Ward at Knock­goshel Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Pho­to­graph Cour­tesy of KMRT

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