If you live outside Wexford you may well have never heard of ‘Wexford Marine Watch’, however those of us living here in Wexford are very familiar with this voluntary organisation and why they came into being.
‘Wexford Marine Watch’ is a voluntary organisation which provides Suicide Prevention Patrols along Wexford Quays, Estuary & Harbour. Their mission is to prevent loss of life in our community, raise Suicide Awareness, and to maintain lifesaving devices in the Harbour area.
Wexford Marine Watch have in excess of 90 trained volunteers; people who volunteer their time on a rota basis so that Wexford bridge and harbour are patrolled throughout year in all weathers with their main purpose being suicide prevention. Sadly Wexford in latter years, prior to the inception of Wexford Marine Watch, had become a suicide black spot.
These volunteers have acted with people in distress, contacted the emergency services and saved lives. Since their inception in 2012 (and for the first time in history), no-one has lost their life through suicide in Wexford Harbour to date – proof and testament that this concept does not just ‘work’, but works EFFECTIVELY
As I mentioned, Wexford Marine Watch is a voluntary service with many overheads including Vehicles, Diesel, Searchlights, Throw-bags, First Aid, Training, Foul-weather Clothing, Radios, Maintenance, Storage, Postage etc. They get no money or support from Goverment or grants of any kind, every cent they get is through fundraising in our local community, which leads me into the next part of this post.
We are all very familiar with WOLFF in Wexford, an outstanding musician and superb Vlogger. His vlogs not only capture his day to day activities but give us fabulous insights into Wexford and often include wonderful time lapses captured in Wexford Harbour, a place of beauty that has been the place of heartache for so many.
Three years ago Johnny Stewart, the WOLFF we know today, released his first full length studio album ‘Daydreamer’. Time has moved on, Johnny has become WOLFF and his music today is more representative of who he is. However, he has a number of copies of the physical cd, which has been a huge part of his journey to where he is today, which he wants to release in a meaningful way so that is what he has done.
You can now purchase a physical copy of ‘Daydreamer’ for €5 with all proceeds going to Wexford Marine Watch. You get a piece of WOLFF history and support this incredible organisation all for the price of a couple of coffees.
To get your cd and help Wexford Marine Watch go to www.shop.thisiswolff.com.
I know it can seem like we are bombarded with charities looking for donations this time of year and they are all extremely worthy causes, without a doubt, however as I previously mentioned Wexford Marine Watch rely solely on fundraising and they are literally the difference between life and death for any of us who need it and that is a scary fact, none of us know, we can only hope.
“Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse… it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better”.
Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this post. This is such a worthy organisation and we have all seen the devastating effects suicide has on families; this is one way we can all show some support for Wexford Marine Watch.