First re­spon­ders and moun­tain res­cue team are Good Cause fi­nal­ists

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE Dublin/Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team and Bray Car­diac First Re­spon­ders have beaten stiff com­pe­ti­tion to be an­nounced as fi­nal­ists and East Re­gion win­ners in the first ever Na­tional Lot­tery Good Causes Awards.

The awards are aimed at hon­our­ing the in­spir­ing work and achieve­ments of thou­sands of projects, clubs and in­di­vid­u­als all over Ire­land with the help of Good Causes fund­ing. Nearly 30 cent in ev­ery euro spent on Na­tional Lot­tery games goes back to Good Causes. Both Wick­low groups came out tops in the sport and health cat­e­gories, and now pro­ceed to the na­tional fi­nals.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a tele­vised din­ner in Dublin on Novem­ber 3. A to­tal of 36 groups from all over Ire­land go for­ward to the fi­nal in six cat­e­gories – sport, health and well­be­ing, arts and cul­ture, her­itage, com­mu­nity and youth. Each na­tional cat­e­gory win­ner will re­ceive €10,000 while the over­all Good Cause of the Year will get an­other €25,000 on top of this.

The Dublin/Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team is re­spon­si­ble for sav­ing mul­ti­ple lives over the years. The team re­spond to lost walk­ers, ex­pe­ri­enced moun­taineers who get caught out due to bad weather and tourists who have no nav­i­ga­tion experience but want to en­joy scenic ar­eas.

Good Causes fund­ing has helped pur­chase the first moun­tain res­cue stretcher ca­pa­ble ve­hi­cle in Ire­land. This ve­hi­cle has had a huge im­pact on res­cues, re­duc­ing the amount of time an in­jured or ill pa­tient has to be man­u­ally car­ried over un­even ter­rain.

Bray Car­diac First Re­spon­ders is a vol­un­teer group who save lives by do­ing call outs for the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice when people are in car­diac ar­rest, chok­ing, chest pain, stroke and or un­con­scious col­lapse. Good Causes fund­ing has al­lowed the group to pur­chase equip­ment to train mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing 6th class pupils in two pri­mary schools in the town.

Na­tional Lot­tery CEO, Der­mot Grif­fin wished the or­gan­i­sa­tions the best of luck for the fi­nals. ‘We were over­whelmed at the level of en­tries we re­ceived for our first Na­tional Lot­tery Good Causes Awards,’ he said. ‘We had over 500 ap­pli­ca­tions from ev­ery county in Ire­land in all cat­e­gories. Through these awards we want to show how people, or­gan­i­sa­tions, projects and sports clubs are do­ing ex­traor­di­nary things in their com­mu­ni­ties.’

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