South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday 29 November 2014 to raisemuch needed funds for its new base facility and annual operating costs of the team. The event comprises a 15 kilometre walk/run, titled ‘Walk the Long Way Round’ starting at the new base facility in Clonmel. The event includes a road, track and open mountain route which will take place in and around Clonmel and the north western Comeraghs. You can do it yourself, with a group of friends or join a mixed group that will have leaders. The event route will be fully marshalled by members of the team.
Registration is €25. We are conscious that we are living in times of austerity but would appreciate any additional donations be they big or small. Participants must be 18 years or over. Whilst fundraising is the primary objective of the event, it will also benefit participants by encouraging them to be active, embrace the outdoors and will promote local natural amenities.
SEMRA is a voluntary, non-profit organisation affiliated to Mountain Rescue Ireland. SEMRA is responsible for conducting searches and rescues in the mountains of the South East of Ireland including the Comeraghs, Galtees, Knockmealdowns, Slievenamon and Blackstairs. All team members are volunteers and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SEMRA attends an average of 20 callouts per annum. All team members are trained in Rescue Emergency Care (REC).
In order to provide a more efficient emergency response service, SEMRA has constructed a new base facility which will provide storage of team vehicles and equipment in a centralised location, readily accessible to the areas of response in the grounds of Clonmel Fire Station. Construction of this facility was completed in April 2014.
SEMRA are now actively seeking funding to make the base facility fully operational to ensure a sustained emergency search and rescue service is provided to the community. Once complete, the facility will provide a centralised storage location for SEMRA vehicles and equipment. It will have the capacity to clean and dry equipment after a training exercise or team callout. This will ensure the team is in a state of readiness for a subsequent tasking in a reduced timeframe. It will also facilitate the team in providing a more rapid service to the community by reducing incident response times.
It will serve all geographical regions which SEMRA are directly involved in, which includes but is not limited to counties Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Cork.
We have received tremendous support for this event already and I would particularly like to thank, in advance, all of you who will participate on the night and a special thank you to all who have contributed financially.
Full details on: www.semra.ie/longwayround
Please note, if you register on line, you will receive a free gift on the night!