Two Navy Personell will be Buzzing their way from Malin to Mizen in aid of BUMBLEance
40KM a day trek through 8 counties over 15 days
Two Naval Personnel Craig Walsh and Conor Curtin from Valentia Island in Cork will be tackling the walk from Malin Head to Mizen Head to raise awareness and much needed funds for the BUMBLEance, the world’s first interactive children’s ambulance service.
They will be adding a twist to their 40km a day walk by carrying 38kg of food, water and camping gear on their backs for the week long walk that will bring them through Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork. The lads will be sleeping rough and eating food rations for the duration of the walk and are looking for encouragement and support from all the communities in County XX they will be walking though over the 15 days.
Tony and Mary Heffernan, living in Kerry, lost their daughter Saoirse to Battens Disease in 2011 and their son Liam, 5, is in the final stages of his battle with Battens Disease.
Following many uncomfortable trips in ambulances and cars to treatment centres the Heffernans, through The Saoirse Foundation, have created the World’s first interactive children’s ambulance service. The BUMBLEance provides scheduled transportation for sick children to and from their appointments. Parents can travel with their child in the back and the family has full access to a Sony Playstation, an iPad with full iTunes library of books, movies and music, control of the lighting and sound and essentially their entire environment.
BUMBLEance transports sick children from every corner of Ireland between their homes and the national treatment centres, hospitals, hospices and respite centres.
Tony Heffernan, CEO of the Saoirse Foundation said “This is a tremendous challenge that Craig and Conor have set for themselves. They will be out walking all day in the elements and then sleeping rough at night. We are honoured that they have chosen the BUMBLEance as their fundraising recipient”.
He continued “Our vision is to have one BUMBLEance for each province by the end of 2015 plus an additional BUMBLEance for Dublin. We want to be in a position to offer this service to every parent of a sick child that requires ambulance transportation to appointments and would ask everyone to support Craig and Conor if you see them and to donate to their BUMBLEance Fund here to http://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/13409_craig-walsh-and-conor-curtin-fundraising-page.html
Or text BUZZ to 50300 to donate €4 directly to the charity. In the future we hope BUMBLEance will take off, literally.”