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ESB comes to the Rescue of Blackwater search and Rescue

 Lord Mayor Chris O Leary, Deputy Chief Executive ESB Jerry O Sullivan, Noel Hayes, Matt Culloty Blackwater Search and Rescue

By January of this year, most of the funding was in place, selling one of our existing RIB’s was really important in moving ahead with this project; however we still faced a shortfall, and by now most of our traditional  fund raising activities had taken place. We had no choice but to commit to the placing of the order of a new RIB, put faith in the committee and the fund raising officer to secure the remaining funds.

Our Fund Raising Officer, Matt Culloty  placed an application  to The ESB , Energy for Generations fund to support the purchase of the search and rescue boat.The Energy for Generations fund supports the work of not-for-profit organisations, charities and community and voluntary organisations whose work falls under the following areas: educational access and support; suicide prevention; and care of the homeless.

Each year, ESB awards funding to approximately 150 projects across Ireland. They call it Corporate Social Responsibility; essentially they are funding projects which should be funded by our Taxes. ESB has donated over €10m to charities across Ireland in past ten years – and €1m in Cork city and County. Thankfully this year, Blackwater Search and Recovery was awarded €4000 to complete the purchase of the dive Boat. On Friday last, at Wilton, a presentation was made by ESB deputy chief executive Jerry O Sullivan, in the presence of Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary to Noel Hayes (Search and Rescue Southern Regional SAR Coordinator) and Matt Culloty (Fund Raising Officer).  We would like to thank Jerry, his team in the ESB, in particular Anne Cooney, Group CSR Coordinator for this welcome donation.  We expect delivery of the RIB within the next 2 weeks.

On Sunday, two of our trainees, Alex and Catrina took part in their final preparations for their club diver test, which will take place next weekend. Best of luck to both , and thanks to the instructors Maurice Carroll and Noel Hayes for the work put in, getting candidates to this level of proficiency.

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