Wexford MarineWatch is a voluntary organisation which provides suicide prevention controls along Wexford Quays, Estuary and Harbour. Jon Gethings has been a volunteer with Wexford MarineWatch for the past 3 years. South East Radio and the Talbot Hotel are delighted to award him the April winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Jon responded to an advert seeking volunteers for Wexford MarineWatch. Following extensive training, he patrols the Wexford Quayfront to help those in need. Last year, he experienced first hand one such person on Wexford Bridge. His efficient response, along with that of his backup team, ensured this person’s safety.
Jon is a wonderful example of a person who turned personal tragedy into something positive for the wider community. He and his wife Catherine lost two sons, Mark and Adam. Mark and Adam were twins. They suffered a brain haemorrhage at birth. Mark sadly died at 3.5 weeks old. 4 years ago and 19 years following Marks passing, Adam also sadly died.
Jon joined MarineWatch because he thought he could help other parents who lost a child. He understands all too well what they are experiencing. His fellow volunteers congratulate Jon on the outstanding work he does with MarineWatch and particularly the time he dedicates to new volunteers to support them in their new role.
He is also a volunteer with Seal Rescue Ireland who rescue sick or injured seals around the coast of Ireland, rehabilitate them and return them back to the wild.
Jon happily accepted his award on behalf of all the other volunteers and appeals for more volunteers to help do this very rewarding and much needed work on Wexford Quayfront. In a very generous gesture to help fundraise, he donated his weekend away with the Talbot Hotel to Marine Watch.