Iconic Camino – an Irish company offering retreats at some of Ireland’s most breath-taking locations – is teaming up with businesses to offer frontline healthcare workers a free three-day retreat at Notre Dame Global Centre at Kylemore Abbey in County Galway.
The ‘Heroes’ Retreat’ programme has been designed as a practical way to thank and support people who gave so much of their time and energy to battle the pandemic in Ireland since early last year.
Members of the public are being invited to nominate a healthcare worker they know for a place on a ‘Heroes’ Retreat’ on dates between now and the end of 2021. The focus will be on offering ‘Rest, Relaxation and Recovery’. The retreat’s itinerary will mirror the existing ‘Connemino Wellness Programme’ at magical Kylemore Abbey, which is billed as the perfect way to indulge yourself with nourishing food, gentle hikes and amazing nature.
Iconic Camino is run by Alan Kerins, a former elite multi-code athlete, humanitarian, social entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has helped raise millions of euro for many vital and life-saving projects around the world.
Alan says: “At Kylemore Abbey, we are surrounded by the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere on earth, and I think it is the perfect place for those frontline health workers to pause and reflect on the year that has passed. The great flexibility in using the Notre Dame Global Centre at Kylemore is that they will be able to bring either a partner or a friend to share the experience”.
The opportunity to sponsor a weekend for frontline healthcare workers is also a fantastic chance for companies in Ireland to show their appreciation for the healthcare community. Kirby Group Engineering is the first to sign up to the scheme, and has donated €50,000 to cover the cost of two weekends.
Successful applicants will be chosen by random selection from nominations received online via iconiccaminos.ie.
For the purposes of the competition, a ‘frontline healthcare worker’ is defined as anyone working in direct patient care in the health service during 2020 and 2021. Proof of employment may be required as part of the validation process, and a full list of terms and conditions is available from iconiccaminos.ie.