Irish Rail staff members deliver €3,000 for Arklow RNLI

John Redmond from the second placed team and Sharon Daly, Health and Wellbeing Manager Irish Rail, with Declan Smullen, Ann Farrell, Martin Kavanagh, Joe Long, Tom Roche, Tony Fennell, and Tommy Nolan in the background.

Richard CluneWicklow People

Arklow RNLI receiving a cheque for €3,000 after a team made up of Iarnród Éireann staff from Wicklow, Wexford and Dublin came second in the company's Wellbeing Charity Challenge.

Teams of between three and six people around Ireland competed to clock up as many minutes of activity as possible over four weeks. 500 employees in over 100 teams walked, ran, hiked, and swam in a bid to be crowned champions and more importantly raise money for their chosen charities.

The team, dubbed the South East Patrollers and Pen-Pushers, was led by John Redmond, CCE Safety Executive, Dublin South. It included Tom Roche from Wicklow, Joe Long from Wicklow, and Martin Kavanagh from Wexford. The team posted an average of 6,698 minutes of activity per person throughout the competition.

Speaking on behalf of the team, John said: “We were delighted to take part in a challenge that benefitted so many of our colleagues both physically and mentally, and also very proud that our endeavours provided some much needed funding to the Arklow RNLI.”

The winning team from Enniscorthy clocked up an average of 7,273 minutes of activity per person over the four weeks and donated cheques of €2,500 to both Heart Children Ireland and Marine Watch Ireland.