Boost in num­bers for Rapid Re­sponse

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

The highly-ac­claimed West Cork Rapid Re­sponse team of a dozen paramedics, which at­tends emer­gen­cies through­out the sprawl­ing re­gion, is ex­pected to be in­creased by a fur­ther three op­er­a­tives in the near fu­ture.

Con­fir­ma­tion came as the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fundrais­ing arm re­ceived a wel­come cash in­jec­tion of nearly €5,000 from a well-at­tended evening of life­style tips, nutri­tion ad­vice and cook­ing demon­stra­tions in Ban­don re­cently.

More than 300 peo­ple at­tended the event, which, ac­cord­ing to Kate Crow­ley of the West Cork Rapid Re­sponse fundrais­ing com­mit­tee, was ex­tremely well re­ceived.

Psy­chol­o­gist Shane Martin re­ceived the rapt at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence as he spoke about the need to keep life sim­ple and for peo­ple not to im­pose un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions upon them­selves.

“We had not ex­pected such a level of in­ter­est in well-be­ing and psy­chol­ogy,” said Ms Crow­ley, who said that Mr Martin’s ac­ces­si­ble and hu­mor­ous ap­proach went down ex­tremely well with the au­di­ence.

“The mes­sage was to keep life sim­ple and be happy with where you are at and what you have and not to worry about other peo­ple to im­pose un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions on your­self,” she said.

Also fea­tured on the Health and Well­be­ing night were di­eti­tian Paula Mee, and exO­lympian and now cook­book author Der­val O’Rourke.

Dr Ja­son van der Velde, the medic and emer­gency re­spon­der who leads the WCRR team, made a speech at the event, pay­ing trib­ute to Ban­don Co-op and the Na­tional Dairy Coun­cil for their sup­port with the fundraiser.

WCRR is an en­tirely vol­un­tary group work­ing in part­ner­ship with and sup­port­ing the ex­ist­ing HSE Emer­gency Med­i­cal ser­vices.

Dr Ja­son is cur­rently sup­ported by a team of 12 paramedics. The money raised at the event, al­most €5,000 in to­tal, will as­sist with equip­ment for the team whose num­bers, Ms Crow­ley said, are set to in­crease fur­ther by the be­gin­ning of 2019 with the ap­point­ment of three more paramedics. Ms Crow­ley also paid warm trib­ute to the strong sup­port shown by com­mu­ni­ties in towns and vil­lages through­out the West Cork re­gion which aid the area’s vol­un­tary emer­gency ser­vice.

Cook­ing up a storm at the Na­tional Dairy Coun­cil evening at the Mun­ster Arms Ho­tel in con­junc­tion with Ban­don Co Op is cook­book author Der­val O’Rourke, with Dr Ja­son van der Velde and Teddy Cashman, chair­man of NDC.

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