last year members of the Performance Base gym in Kerlogue Business Park raised €12,000 for the Wexford branch of the IWA (Irish Wheelchair Association) by doing 24,000 'burpees', or squat thrusts, in 24 hours.
However, despite donating such a significant sum to the organisation, gym owners Eamonn Loughlin and Adam Whitmore weren't satisfied. With €16,000 required to buy a new purpose-built bus for Wexford IWA, the two have decided its time to hit the fundraising trail again, but this time they will be exiting their comfort zone.
'We're doing a skydive, it's registered for September 8 and myself, Adam and some of the IWA service users will be doing it,' confirmed Eamonn. Aiming to raise the additional €4,000 required to purchase the bus, Eamonn said he hasn't spent too much time thinking about jumping out of a plane thousands of feet in the air and is 'feeling alright' about the dive, at the moment.
Explaining how he and Adam have fostered such strong ties with the IWA, Eamonn said, 'Two-and-a-half years ago one of their members came to me and asked if I would work with some of the IWA's members, so I started working with them in the gym then. It's a very niche type of work, as far as I know I'm the only person the town who does it.'
And, having worked closely with wheelchair users, Eamonn understands the necessity of the IWA having a fully operational bus service. 'If they don't have that bus they won't be able to come to the gym to workout. And the IWA doesn't get any funding for transport from the Government.'