We’re Big on Your Community: Waterford Marine Search & Rescue, Co. Waterford

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Over 96 local causes across Waterford, including Waterford Marine Search & Rescue, share €24,500 Tesco Community Fund donation.

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In Waterford alone, over 96 local good causes have shared a donation of €24,500 since the launch of the Tesco Community Fund initiative last year.

One community cause that was nominated for the Tesco Community Fund was Waterford Marine Search & Rescue. The W.M.S.A.R. service was set up in January 2010 by Declan and Darryl Barry to provide Waterford city and county with a 24 hour; 365 days-a-year search, rescue and recovery service. Since January 2010 the service has grown to 50 volunteers who have rescued 19 people from the waters of the River Suir and prevented 63 people from entering the river with the intention of taking their life. They clock up over 1,300 hours annually on suicide prevention patrols.

Darryl Barry said: “We fundraise in a number of different ways for our work so we were delighted to be one of the charities chosen for the Tesco Community Fund. The funds allowed us to invest in new flotation suits. As worn in our pictures! These keep the crews safe and warm while carrying out operations on the river.”

Tesco customers across Waterford have been quick to show the sense of community spirit, voting for two local Community Centres, St Saviours GAA Club and Ballybeg Youth Resource Centre, after they were damaged in a fire. The five Tesco stores in Waterford came together, pooling their Community fund donations, and with the backing of the entire community were able to contribute €5,000 toward the redevelopment of the Centres.