“Frontline to Finishline” Charity Walk by Irish Emergency Services

ROI (Rescue Organisation Ireland) has like many others postponed a number of its events, most notably the ROI Irish National Road Traffic Collision and Trauma Challenge. This great event was set to take place in the Headquarters of Kildare Fire Service at Newbridge Fire Station on 18th April, but has now been postponed until 2021 along with a number of our other events for the remainder of the year.

“As an Irish registered charity, Rescue Organisation Ireland realises the impact Covid-19 is having on many other charities and has decided to partner with its network of voluntary and emergency service personnel to help raise much needed funds and awareness for Pieta and ALONE, both of which are doing lifesaving work and require support for the people they help through this challenging time.”

Anthony Byrne – Vice Chair, Rescue Organisation and Ambulance Officer with the National Ambulance Service, HSE South

ROI have developed the following event, the ROI Relay Walk “Frontline to Finishline” where our volunteers from the various emergency services will walk in pairs, in single file, wearing their uniform or turn-out kit holding a social distancing 2m sign from Dublin through Kildare, Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and finishing on the east coast of Wicklow in Bray over 6 days from 22nd to 27th June.

This walk will be conducted taking account of government restrictions and the roadmap for reopening society and business. All volunteers involved in the walk will be local and will pass the 2 metre baton along the route. No bucket collections or exchange of cash will take place to avoid any cross-contamination and counting of monies by our volunteers.

“The COVID restrictions has meant that Rescue Organisation Ireland needs to be very mindful of how we interact with the public during the “Frontline to Finishline” event. We would like to promote the social distancing message and that is why all our participants will be walking with the 2 metre distance board between them for the full duration of the event.”

Michael Gahan – Director of Operations, Rescue Organisation Ireland and Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Wicklow Fire Services.

An iDonate Page has been setup and will be used as well as text donations to the individual charity as the public decide. The iDonate collection will be split 50-50 between Pieta House and Alone, ROI will not be benefiting from the money donated. It can be found at www.idonate.ie/ROIFrontlineToFinishline

The volunteers doing the actual walk will be representing some of the organisations that were entered to take part in this year’s ROI National Challenge and are as follows:

Carlow County Fire and Rescue Service

• Dublin Airport Fire and Rescue Service

• Dublin Civil Defence • Dublin Fire Brigade

• Irish Air Corp

• Kildare Fire Service

• Kilkenny Civil Defence

• Laois County Fire and Rescue Service

• Order of Malta Carlow

• Wexford Civil Defence

• Wexford County Fire and Rescue Service

• Wicklow County Fire and Rescue Service

We will be joined along the route by a number of other voluntary and emergency services who which to take part, An Garda Síochána, National Ambulance Service, Irish Red Cross and many more. Notice of the event will also go out to all other voluntary and emergency service personnel, where if they choose to organise a smaller similar walk within their own area during the same week, they can do so by contacting ROI and the Posters, iDonate and text numbers will be available for them to advertise their event.

If you would like any further information about this event, ROI or any of the organisations who will be participating please contact us using the following details;

Micheal Gahan – Director of Operations, Rescue Organisation Ireland Email: mgahan@wicklowcoco.ie Tel: 087 9389483

Anthony Byrne – Vice Chair, Rescue Organisation Ireland Email: Anthony.byrne@hse.ie Tel: 086 6043107

Mark Brennan, Treasurer, Rescue Organisation Ireland Email: roitreasurer08@gmail.com Tel: 087 4420608

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