Wednesday 23 January 2019

Ger’s memory lives on in charity fundraiser

Pádraig Byrne

Having already done significant work in the Enniscorthy area in terms of installing and training people in the use of defibrillators, the family and friends of the late Ger Devereux were back out on the streets of Enniscorthy once more for this year's Ger Devereux Memorial Walk and Run.

Formerly of the Milehouse in Enniscorthy, Ger passed away having suffered a heart attack in September of 2015. Ever since, his family and friends, along with Paddy Redmond and his team at Enniscorthy Red Cross, have set out upon a mission to raise funds, train members of the public and ultimately save lives in the greater Enniscorthy area.

To date, the fund has seen the installation of several AEDs around town and Paddy has trained a whole host of people in their operation. Nearly 150 people arrived at Bellefield GAA Complex recently to take part in the annual walk which aims to raise funds to continue these efforts.

Among those to take part on the day were Ger's family and friends, a group of his old colleagues from the defence forces and local TDs Paul Kehoe and James Browne. Ger's brother Michael was delighted to see everyone and has firm plans for the direction that the fund will take in the coming year.

'I think a big issue now is making sure people know where these defibrillators are,' he said. 'We're hoping to put a database together and then maybe develop some kind of app. Also we'd hope to install more defibrillators around the place, maybe in areas such as the Templeshannon Community Centre and Market Square. If all this saves just one life at some point in the future, then it will have been a major success.' The money raised by the 2018 walk has not yet been tallied, with sponsorship cards still to be returned, however, Michael wished to thank everyone who took part, donated money or helped out in any way.

Enniscorthy Guardian