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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.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_31124" align="alignleft" width="768"] COFFEE TIME: Staff at University Hospital Kerry enjoy one of the first Green Wave sponsored coffee deliveries earlier this week.[/caption]

 

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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