This July four Irish amateur kayakers will attempt to paddle approx. 100 kms in a sea kayak challenge from Ireland to Wales to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention charity 3Ts (Turn the tide of suicide).
Business owner Liam Anthony Griffin and three members of the Irish Defence Forces, Stephen Happe, Araon Kearney and Davy Feeney, form the Sea Kayak team that will attempt a St. George’s Channel crossing this summer in 4 single sea kayaks.
Liam commented: “We are excited about this tough challenge. The charity selection was important to us. Every family in Ireland unfortunately has been impacted by suicide directly or indirectly. So we are delighted to not only raise money but also awareness for this very important issue”.
The distance, taking into account tide changes, is approximately 100 kilometres and will take an energy draining 13 hours of endurance to reach the Welsh shore. The kayakers, from Wexford, Kilkenny and Cork, are set to depart from the coast of Wexford and paddle to St. David’s Head in Wales.
The team hope to set off on 8th July. However, this sea kayak challenge is a weather dependent event, so if they fail to launch, they’ll attempt the crossing again around 21st July; failing that, it will be 6th August. Hopefully the weather will be in the team’s favour and they can complete the challenge on their first attempt.
Global kayak adventurer, Mick O’Meara of Waterford, is the team’s mentor. Dermot Greer of Sailing Ireland is supplying navigation support. The team will carry all their own provisions and have their own support boat, kindly provided by Paschal Ryan, to prevent them calling on precious emergency service resources in the event of an injury or severe fatigue.
How can you support this Sea Kayak Challenge?
You can show your support to the team by visiting their Everyday Hero online fundraising page and donating today. 100% of all proceeds will be donated to 3Ts!