Dublin Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue wins Lotto award

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOGARTY

THE Dublin/Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team has scooped a Na­tional Lot­tery Good Cause Award for its work keep­ing peo­ple who climb moun­tains safe.

The group of 60 com­mit­ted DWMRT vol­un­teers won the sport and re­cre­ation cat­e­gory in the in­au­gu­ral awards which took place in Dublin on Satur­day.

The res­cue team re­ceived €10,000 in prize money to go back into the ser­vice.

The new awards are aimed at hon­our­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary work im­pact­ing on com­mu­ni­ties all over Ire­land thanks to Na­tional Lot­tery Good Causes fund­ing.

There were 36 fi­nal­ists from all over Ire­land at the din­ner, with the awards cer­e­mony hosted by TV pre­sen­ter Karen Koster. The awards will be shown on Vir­gin Me­dia next Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, at 9.30 p.m.

Bray Car­diac First Re­spon­ders were also fi­nal­ists at the awards at the week­end. They con­grat­u­lated Spina Bi­fida Hy­dro­cephalus Ire­land for their win in the Health & Well­be­ing sec­tion, as well as their neigh­bours Dublin/Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue for win­ning their sec­tion.

‘It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence see­ing the great work done by so many vol­un­tary groups across the coun­try and con­tin­ued suc­cess to ev­ery one of them – we are all win­ners and its proof of the power of vol­un­teer­ing in Ire­land,’ said a spokesman for Bray CFR.

The Dublin/Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team is on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. From re­spond­ing to one or two in­ci­dents a year when it first es­tab­lished, last year it dealt with more than one call-out a week. And this year it is on course to ex­ceed that fig­ure.

The ser­vice re­sponds to all sorts of in­ci­dents whether lost walk­ers, those who sus­tain in­jury or med­i­cal emer­gen­cies such as car­diac ar­rest.

The ben­e­fit of Na­tional Lot­tery Good Causes fund­ing on the ser­vice has been im­mense. Over the years it has helped DWMRT buy vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment but most re­cently funded the first moun­tain res­cue stretcher ca­pa­ble ve­hi­cle in Ire­land, re­duced the amount of time an in­jured or ill pa­tient has to be man­u­ally car­ried over un­even ter­rain.

When Storm Emma hit this year, DWMRT did 28 med­i­cal emer­gency call outs to peo­ple in­ac­ces­si­ble due to the snow. In Oc­to­ber the DWMRT was called to four dif­fer­ent in­ci­dents on one Satur­day alone. It as­sisted a hill­walker who had col­lapsed in Fraughan Rock Glen while climb­ing Lug­naquilla; re­sponded to an in­jured moun­tain biker; helped a clim­ber in Glen­dalough who fell about 30 me­tres and a paraglider who sus­tained mul­ti­ple in­juries on the great Su­gar­loaf.

Na­tional Lot­tery CEO, Der­mot Grif­fin, con­grat­u­lated the Dublin/Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team on win­ning its prize. ‘These com­mit­ted vol­un­teers risk their own lives to en­sure walk­ers and moun­taineers can be safe.

‘It is fit­ting that Ire­land’s un­sung he­roes who work qui­etly un­der the radar to im­prove lives and make a dif­fer­ence are hon­oured in these in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Lot­tery Good Cause Awards. Their work of­ten goes un­recog­nised – but it is so val­ued.’

St Cather­ine’s Grief Cen­tre in Lim­er­ick was the over­all win­ner.

John Ka­vanagh of the Dublin Moun­tain Res­cue Team with Der­mot Grif­fin, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, The Na­tional Lot­tery.

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