A GALA fundraising dinner by award winning chef Caitlin Ruth takes place in Deasy’s Ring next week in aid of West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue (WCUSAR).
WCUSAR was established in 2012 following the Tit Bonhomme tragedy and is entirely funded by donations and staffed by volunteers all year ‘round.
On Sunday, October 28th, they will team up with renowned head chef Caitlin Ruth of Deasy’s for what looks set to be a special evening and which will generate funds to allow them buy new equipment.
On the night guests will be treated to a unique six-course menu, complete with a cocktail and canapé reception and a whiskey nightcap. Steve Redmond, West Cork-based record breaking open sea swimmer, will be the guest of honour. Steve is a huge supporter of WCUSAR, recently completing a fundraising swim to the Fastnet lighthouse for them.
John Murphy, diver and treasurer of WCUSAR said: ‘The unit provides an emergency service along the West Cork coastline and consists of highly trained and experienced divers, mariners and shore support volunteers. We have been overwhelmed by the local support we have received from Caitlin, the team at Deasy’s and all the local food producers who are kindly donating their time and produce for our event.
‘All the money raised from tickets sales for the dinner will go directly towards buying new equipment.’ he said.
Caitlin said it was an honour to be approached about this event. ‘Deasy’s Restaurant is located right on the waters’ edge at Ring Pier, and we have a really close working relationships with the fishing community, so we understand the importance of the work that WCUSAR does to keep peace of mind for those who work at sea. You hope that no-one ever needs their help, but it is also a great comfort to know they are there, should their specialist help be needed.’
The evening’s sponsors include Deasy’s Restaurant, Glenmar Shellfish, West Cork Whiskey, Woodcock Smokery, M J O’Neill’s Craft Butchers, Dunworley Organic Vegetables, Red Strand Coffee and Flavour.ie. Pre-booking for the evening, which starts at 7.30pm, is essential. Tickets are €55 from www.eventbrite.com – search West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue.