Successful Ireland Wales Sea Kayak Crossing in aid of 3Ts
Sea Kayak Challenge raises over €12,500 for 3Ts – so far!
Funds will be used by 3Ts to help bridge the ever widening gap for mental health services in this country.
Business owner Liam Anthony Griffin
of the Griffin Hotel Group
joined with members of the Irish Defence Forces, Stephen Happe
and Davy Feeney
, to form a sea kayak team to cross from Ireland to Wales. The team’s challenge was to cross St George’s Channel in 3 single sea kayaks from the Wexford coast to St David’s Head in Wales. The crossing was originally planned for 8th July, but instead the team took advantage of a neap tide and perfect weather conditions on 27th June last. They cut short their training schedule to bring the challenge forward by almost two weeks and arrived safe & sound in Wales approximately 100km and 16 hours later.
Mental Health Services countrywide are already totally inadequate. In the South East region, the resignation of key psychiatric staff has further impacted already stretched services. This has resulted in what can only be described as a complete systems failure. Yet behind this failure there are people suffering, waiting over 36 months in some cases for an appointment with a mental health professional. This situation isn’t unique to the Wexford / Waterford areas. This is a nationwide issue. There are not enough services to meet the need.
The team of three Irish amateur kayakers paddled approx. 100 kms in this sea kayak challenge to raise awareness of the issue and to raise funds for suicide prevention charity 3Ts (Turn the tide of suicide).
How can you support this Sea Kayak Challenge?
Our thanks to everyone who has supported the crossing, both through support boats and back-up and through donations.