Merck proves to be a great neighbour to south east rescue service

Ger Carmody, Site Lead at MSDs facility in Ballydine, with representatives from SEMRA.
South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA), a 24 hour mountain search and rescue service, has been chosen to receive funding as part of MSD in Ballydine’s Neighbour of Choice initiative, as part of the company’s dedicated corporate responsibility programme. SEMRA will receive €12,000 to upgrade its newly constructed base facility to make it fully operational for a sustained emergency search and rescue service in the South East.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA), a 24 hour mountain search and rescue service, has been chosen to receive funding as part of MSD in Ballydine’s Neighbour of Choice initiative, as part of the company’s dedicated corporate responsibility programme. SEMRA will receive €12,000 to upgrade its newly constructed base facility to make it fully operational for a sustained emergency search and rescue service in the South East.

MSD’s Neighbour of Choice programme is a global initiative that provides support to projects that address the needs of local communities. A core part of MSD’s employee volunteer programme, Neighbour of Choice demonstrates MSD’s ongoing commitment to the communities in which it operates.

SEMRA provides a search and rescue service in the mountains of the South East 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SEMRA is staffed exclusively by approximately 45 highly trained volunteers, who attend an average of 25 callouts annually and work to make the hills and mountains of the South East a safer place.

The charity has recently constructed a base facility in Clonmel. The funding it receives from MSD will be used to upgrade the organisation’s resources and equip the volunteers with the tools and equipment they need to respond to emergency calls.

Speaking at the presentation of the grant, Ray Bradfield, Team Leader of SEMRA said - “While we encourage everyone to embrace the outdoors, our members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year should the unforeseen occur. An upgraded base facility will mean that our volunteers can respond even quicker and will considerably reduce response times to incidents.

“This generous contribution will significantly enhance the service we provide for the South East of Ireland and for this we would like to say a huge thank you to MSD.”

Ger Carmody, Site Lead at MSD’s facility in Ballydine, said: “We are delighted to support SEMRA, a truly valuable organisation in our community. MSD is committed to helping improve health and wellbeing in our communities, and together with our employees and local partners, we are privileged to support projects that will make a real difference now and into the future.”

As a global leader in healthcare with a strong presence in Ireland, MSD is committed to leading in the implementation of best practice by addressing critical social, environmental and economic challenges both nationally and internationally.

“In recent years, MSD has become a leader in corporate responsibility in Ireland through a focus on four priority areas – Access to Health; Environmental Sustainability; Employees; and Ethics & Transparency. Over the past two years alone MSD has contributed over €4 million to support worthwhile and sustainable causes in these areas”.