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Killarney company launches charity fundraiser for frontline staff

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NATIONAL INITIATIVE: The Green Wave is the brainchild of Kelly Crichton and the team at Elite Event Management, Killarney.

By Sean Moriarty

One of the biggest event organising companies in Ireland, Killarney-based Elite Event Management, is behind a national scheme to support frontline medical staff during the current health crisis.

The initiative, called ‘The Green Wave’, has been set up by Kelly Crichton and her team in Killarney. They are using their event organisation and logistics skills to deliver free cups of coffee to nurses, doctors, gardai and other frontline staff.

There are three key elements to the campaign; members of the public can join ‘The Green Wave’ by making donations to a dedicated GoFundMe page, by wearing green clothes or county jerseys every Friday, and by spreading the word by using #thegreenwave in social media posts.

The Green Wave​ GoFundMe page is designed so cups of coffee can be delivered to frontline staff at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) and other hospitals nationwide once purchased by a member of the public.

Elite Event Management is the organiser of some of the biggest sporting events in Ireland, including the Ring of Beara Cycle, Run Killarney, Ride Dingle and the Quest Adventure Race Series.

The sport industry, like so many others, has been adversely affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

The team at Elite had to postpone many of their events and decided to put their time to good use.

“Like so many people we just wanted to do something to help. Looking at posts on social media and talking to our own friends and family on the frontline, there were common threads,” Kelly told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The two that jumped out were; to know they were supported, and to be able to have a decent cup of coffee mid-shift that they didn’t have to leave the hospital for. I thought, we can do this, and we delivered our first coffee within two days. We are urging the public to get behind this, get your green on every Friday and put it on social media – we need to show our support and gratitude for these awesome people. If you can, donate the price of a cup of coffee, and we’ll get it to them.”

Since launching ‘The Green Wave’ has already raised over €8,300 at the time of going to print.
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The public can also show their support by printing off a poster from www.thegreenwave.ie which they can put up in their window.

Coffees have already been delivered to University Hospital Kerry, Cork University Hospital and the Mercy Hospital Cork, University Hospital Limerick as well as Beaumont Hospital and the Mater in Dublin. The Green Wave Coffee Campaign will do drops in the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee and Cork, as well as hospitals in Drogheda and Bantry, and at a number of Garda Stations and other frontline services.

 

 

COFFEE TIME: Staff at University Hospital Kerry enjoy one of the first Green Wave sponsored coffee deliveries earlier this week.

 

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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