Recognition for rescuers
In recognition of the work they carry out across the region, members of Wexford Hillwalking and Mountaineering Club (WHMC) presented a cheque to the South East Mountain Rescue Assocation (SEMRA) at the Whitford House Hotel.
An entirely voluntary, non-profit organisation, SEMRA are responsible for search and rescue missions in the mountains of the south east. And John McCormack of WHMC said it was a honour to invite SEMRA to Wexford to present a cheque of €500 to them.
'We do an annual fundraiser for SEMRA. We invited them down and they gave a presentation, showing us the commitment and work involved in the job,' John said.
In addition to demonstrating the difficulties involved in helicopter rescues, and the complications in rescuing someone who is suffering the effects of dealing with extreme weather conditions, the members of SEMRA also brought along a special guest.
'They brought a search and rescue dog with them, Fia. The dog's trainer, Gerry Tobin, was originally a member of WHMC before joining SEMRA,' John said. They're all volunteers, and it impacts on their lives. They're always on call - although fortunately we haven't had to call on them yet.'
Revealing that the WHMC was continuing to grow in popularity, and now had 120 members, John said the club was always happy to welcome people with an interest in hillwalking and that the only prerequisite was a 'reasonable level of fitness'.
For further information, see the club's Facebook page.