Foyle Search and Rescue – Charity of the year

May 5, 2017 1:03 pm Lisa Kelly

MetaCompliance are delighted to announce that we’ve chosen Foyle Search and Rescue to be our charity of the year.  

Foyle Search and Rescue is a registered, voluntary based charity operating in Derry, Northern Ireland, but cover search and rescue operations throughout the UK and Ireland when required. Foyle Search and Rescue was set up by local people in 1993 in response to the alarmingly high number of drownings in the river. They’ve also adopted the role of preventing suicide and supporting families in the city.

 MetaCompliance will work to increase the awareness of Foyle Search and Rescue and provide easy access to information, advice and services. MetaCompliance will also hold various fundraising events aimed at engaging and inspiring MetaCompliance employees to raise funds for the charity with a focus on mental health. 

The year-long partnership will focus on various fundraising activities throughout the year as we hope to raise £5,000. This is part of MetaCompliance’s commitment to developing its strategy of inclusion within Derry and commitment to helping one of the City’s finest institutions.  

As Cyber Security specialists, MetaCompliance is familiar of the effects that bullying online has on children. About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, with 20% of those experiencing cyber bullying regularly. Victims of cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from low-self-esteem and to consider suicide.  

MetaCompliance hopes to use the partnership with Foyle Search and Rescue to highlight the dangers online and how it can impact on mental health. From cyberbullying to ID fraud, almost every facet of online life can be twisted to have a detrimental effect on the user.  

Speaking about the partnership, Robert O Brien, CEO of MetaCompliance said: “We are proud to support the great work that Foyle Search and Rescue do. Its volunteers gave 14,000 plus hours of unpaid service last year alone, and dealt with an increase of 50.64% incidents from 2015. They provide an invaluable service to Derry and beyond, and we are very happy to partner with them as our Charity of the Year.”