Ireland’s Brightest Idea 2016

Well done to Waterford Marine Search and Rescue – Ireland’s Brightest Idea 2016!

Following a national public vote on Facebook and Twitter, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue has been chosen as Ireland’s Brightest Idea for 2016, receiving an additional €5,000 funding, bringing their total Bright Ideas funding to €10,000!

KBC is delighted to support this initiative which has a clear vision to make a positive impact on the community.

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The Prevention Saves Lives project run by Waterford Marine Search and Rescue is a weekend suicide prevention initiative which has to date saved an extraordinary 108 people from entering the river Suir with the intention of ending their lives.

Each weekend night from 10:30pm – 3:00am, volunteers patrol the quayside of the river by boat, on foot, and using a mobile unit.

The boat crew is trained in search and rescue, the foot patrol in cardiac first responders’ first aid, and the majority of volunteers are certified in safe talk and ASIST (Assisted Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

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Bright Ideas funding will enable the Prevention Saves Lives initiative to increase the number of people on each patrol from 8 to 12. With an increased number of eyes on the quayside and bridge, there will be greater capacity for experienced patrollers to focus on vulnerable individuals needing help.

Moy Hill Growing Project wins Special Green Award 2016

The winner of the Special Green Award is Moy Hill Growing Project from Lahinch, Co. Clare, receiving an additional €2,500 funding, bringing their total funding to €5,500.

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The winner of this award was chosen by a KBC judging panel from seven ideas shortlisted by our regional judging panels around the country. KBC is delighted to fund this innovative project which brings communities together in an environmentally friendly way.

This Bright Ideas funding will help the Moy Hill Growing Project to create a beautiful, healthy community farm space to provide local people with high quality organically grown vegetables.

The innovative and environmentally friendly project will set up a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm – an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution.

As one of the first of these farms in Ireland, the initiative will bring local people together to create a sense of community.

The project will run a range of workshops for the community on growing food organically, cooking and eating seasonally and practising sustainable land-care practices.

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The group will also build an underground glasshouse, in other words a glasshouse sunken into the ground so that it is heated geo thermally and by the heat of the sun. This will allow the group to grow different types of crop all year round without using electricity.

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