THOUSANDS of people across our city and beyond tuned into the documentary on BBC last week about Foyle Search and Rescue, writes Ruairi McLaughlin.
Many of those who were moved and inspired by that documentary have put this inspiration into action. Foyle Search and Rescue have received over 60 applications for volunteers since the documentary was shown.
One such person is community activist Michael McCrossan from the Waterside who has taken the lead with a fundraising initiative. He has unveiled plans to hold a night of entertainment at An Culturlann with all proceeds going to the organisation often referred to as Derry's fourth emergency service.
“After watching the documentary recently about the work and effort made by volunteers and members of the Foyle Search and Rescue I felt that I wanted to try play my own small part in helping such a great and hard working organisation," says Michael. "I approached Foyle Search and Rescue and asked could I hold a fundraiser for them in the hope of raising more awareness and raise a few pound.”
“I’ve got a great night sorted for people of all ages which will be both enjoyable and full of craic. Now we have An Culturlann (bottom of Great James Street) sorted for the night’s entertainment which will take place on Saturday the 7th of July. Acts include Gerry Breslin, Cuisle, Jordan O' Keefe, Bronagh Halpenny, Luke Mc Laughlin, Darrel Coyle and more. We have had a great response from business owners and workers within the town in receiving gifts and prizes for our raffle to be held on the night. These include a tattoo voucher, meal vouchers, driving lessons, fasionable clothing and vouchers plus bottles of Vodka and spirits. The entry fee on the night will be £5 and every single penny raised will go straight to Foyle Search and Rescue in helping them with their work. “
“I hope as many people as possible can attend not only for a great night’s entertainment and fun, but also in helping to raise funds for the people who work and serve our communities day and night every single day of the year. Thanks for everyone’s help and support and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday the 7th of July in An Culturlann.”