Epic journey for cyclist Monika in aid of Wicklow Mountain Rescue
Published 28/08/2013 | 05:44
A cyclist has set off from Kildare to Galway to raise funds for the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue teams after members came to the aid of her partner after he suffered two heart attacks while out walking in Glendalough.
Monika Mossakowska began her 200 km journey on Friday as she departed from Kill toward Galway. Along the way she will be supported by friends and family of her partner Ken.
Monika and Ken were enjoying a leisurely stroll around the Spinc Glendalough on a cold Easter Sunday morning when disaster almost struck. Shortly into the walk Ken became extremely short of breath and began to suffer from the symptoms of a heart attack. An extremely anxious Monika dialled 999.
The Irish Coast guard helicopter was tasked from Waterford as the Dublin based Rescue 116 helicopter was already tasked to another job. Upon the helicopters arrival the paramedic trained crew assessed the casualty and winched him on board. In transit to hospital the casualty suffered a further heart attack.
Monika has no doubt that mountain rescue personnel played a major role in ensuring Ken is still alive. Thankfully he has now returned to work and is making a full recovery.
Monika says, 'If not for the hard work of Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue team I am not sure if he would still be here. In order to say a big Thank You to them I have decided to cycle 200k to Galway in order to raise funds for DWMRT. Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue team is fully funded by donations so only our support can keep them going,'
She has set herself a target of €3,500 and already looks likely to exceed that figure. All donations can be made by visiting http://www.mycharity.ie/event/ride_for_rescue/