Kildare Town Community School last week launched a fund raising drive to support the world’s first ever custom built ambulance for children.
The BUMBLEance has strong links to Kildare as it is based in Leixlip but serves the entire country.
The state of the art vehicle was in Kildare town last Wednesday May 21 to launch the charity partnership, which was organised by local lady Sandra Phelan. Sandra enlisted her niece Jade Coffey, one of the 5th year pupils, who with Principal Pat Flynn, Vice Principal Rachel McGrath and school chaplin Monica Tonry got involved in the initiative.
The students of JP2 ran a jelly bean raffle to raise money as the first of many fund raising events. Students got the opportunity last week to view the vehicle first hand.
“Following many uncomfortable trips in ambulances and cars to treatment centres Kerry couple, Mary and Tony Heffernan, through The Saoirse Foundation have created the world’s first interactive children’s ambulance service. The BUMBLEance is a fully functioning emergency ambulance, manned by the medical crew at LifeLine but what makes BUMBLEance different is that it looks like a Bumble Bee from the outside and inside it has everything a child might need to distract from a stressful journey,” it said.
It provides scheduled transportation for sick children to and from their appointments including those from Kildare. Parents can travel along as well and the family has full access to a Sony Playstation 3, an iPad with a full itunes library of books, 6,000 movies and music.
Monica Tonry said, “We thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic opportunity for us here at KTCS to see the BUMBLEance and learn about what this unique service does for sick children and their families. It is an amazing ambulance and one that is direly needed by sick children.”
If anyone has any old mobile phones, they can drop them into the school as part of the fund raising drive. Alternatively donations can be made by texting BUZZ to 50300. The aim is to get an ambulance for each province.