Irish people are well known for donating money, time and resources when an international disaster happens, such as the Tsunami of Dec 2004, or the 9/11 disaster of Sept 11th 2001. It has been well documented that we are more generous per capita than any country in the world.
This could make us very proud as a nation, and does lend to the sense of belonging and makes us proud.
Last week, when bad weather and high tides contributed to the opening of the Inniscarra Dam, Cork City experienced the worst flooding in history. The city centre and citywest were devastated, businesses wrecked, and homes evacuated. Even those areas not affected by flooding were without water for over a week now, some homes still without water today.
This was followed rapidly by worsening weather conditions in the South West, West, North West and Midlands, causing incalculable damage to homes, businesses, livestock and infrastructure.
So the Irish people have come to the fore again pledging their money, time and anything else they can possibly offer to help alleviate some of the suffering experienced by the people of these localities.
I have the good luck to know of many businesses who have taken the initiative to pledge help for businesses who have been affected by the destruction. Ruairi Browne of KRO Solutions blogged about this and asked anyone in business to offer services, products or resources to come forth and offer their time and resources.
There has been a huge response, and I feel privileged to be a part of this culture where we can pledge our time and experience to those who are in need. They would do the exact same if they were in a position to offer assistance.
I have pledged to offer coaching and training services as a vital step in gaining back confidence and knowledge as these entrepreneurs regrow and redevelop their businesses.
We need to stand up and take responsibility to do the best we can under these extreme circumstances.