A group of local engineers from across the North East Region recently got involved in the Ray Darcy 5K race.
Every year the staff of Airtricity Utility Solutions Ltd get to choose a local charity to help raise much needed funds and awareness as part of their ‘Community at Heart day’.
This year Airtricity Manager Declan Kerr and employee Ross O Reilly nominated SOSAD Ireland (Save Our Sons and Daughters) as their charity of choice.
Declan along with seven other Airtricity employees Shane Taheny, Tómas Cogley, Kevin Mc Eneaney, Fergal Brides, Enda Tully, Ross O Reilly, Adrian Carroll and Paddy Mills joined Ray Darcy and the people of Dundalk in the popular 5K race which resulted in the Airtricity team raising €1,528.
“The reason for choosing SOSAD Ireland is that we feel it’s a well-deserved cause especially with the time that’s in it,” said Declan.
“You never know when you’re going to be down or in trouble.
“The event had a great atmosphere and buzz even though it was cold it was a great family affair.”
Declan’s colleague Shane Taheny was also happy SOSAD was the chosen charity.
“Everyone knows somebody that has been affected by suicide,” said Shane, “and the Cooley Pennisula has recently been affected by the loss of locals to suicide.”
“Over 600 people participated in the race and the event was a good incentive to get jogging again.”
Davina Shortall branch co-ordinator of the suicide awareness charity would like to thank the Airtricity team for their efforts and she would also like to take this opportunity to thank and commend everyone in the local community for their amazing efforts in different fundraising events that have taken place recently.
The charity offers a 24 hour helpline that is available 365 days a year.
It is a free, private and confidential service to provide support and direction for those at risk from suicide. The charity welcomes you to ring them for more information on the 24 hour helpline at 042-9327311.