The Green Wave is a social and emotional movement started to help support frontline staff during the impact of Covid-19.
The initiative has been set up and is being run by Kelly Crichton and the team at Elite Event Management in Killarney.
They are doing so on a voluntary basis and their vision is for frontline staff to feel an outpouring of gratitude and support from the public to help bolster their resilience during the Covid-19 crisis.
There are three key elements to the campaign;
· Pay it forward – make a donation to buy a cup of coffee for a frontline worker https://www.gofundme.com/manage/the-green-wave
· Show your support – don green clothes, Irish kit or county colours every Friday and share your pictures and videos on social media #thegreenwave
· Spread The Green Wave – tell others about The Green Wave and follow our social media accounts to hear about the great work going on and to tell us your own stories
Since launching on Thursday night The Green Wave has already raised nearly €8000.
The public can also show their support by printing off a poster from www.thegreenwave.ie which they can put up in their window.
Founder of The Green Wave, Kelly Crichton, said,
“Like so many people we just wanted to do something to help. Looking at posts on social media and talking to our own friends and family on the frontline, there were common threads. The two that jumped out were; to know they were supported, and to be able to have a decent cup of coffee mid-shift that they didn’t have to leave the hospital for. I thought, we can do this, and we delivered our first coffee within two days. We are urging the public to get behind this, get your green on every Friday and put it on social media – we need to show our support and gratitude for these awesome people. If you can, donate the price of a cup of coffee and we’ll get it to them.”
Paul O’Carroll, Owner of The Bookshelf Coffee Houses in Tralee and Cork has been delivering coffees with The Green Wave,
“We wanted to do something to help, The Green Wave reached out to us and we got to work. It’s something small but we know people appreciate a good cup of coffee and we’re getting that to them when they are in exhausting situations. We hope it can make things a little more bearable. I’d urge the public to really get behind this as well as other coffee shops to help grow The Green Wave and make our frontline workers feel our immense gratitude.”
The Green Wave is operating on a not-for-profit basis. All donations will go to supporting frontline staff beyond any costs incurred e.g. the cost of the cup of coffee. Coffees have already been delivered to University Hospital Kerry, Cork University Hospital and the Mercy Hospital Cork, University Hospital Limerick as well as Beaumont Hospital and the Mater in Dublin.
The Green Wave Coffee Campaign will do drops in the Bons in Tralee and Cork as well as hospitals in Drogheda and Bantry from today, at a number of Garda Stations and other frontline services and is rolling out across the country by the day. It is hoped that once all hospitals are receiving coffees the campaign will expand to include further key workers.