Five great rea­sons to ven­ture out west

The Corkman - - NEWS -

A GREAT cause and an equally great night out might tempt North Cork res­i­dents out west later this month.

Ir­ish Com­mu­nity Rapid Re­sponse Air Am­bu­lance which op­er­ates out of Cork Air­port and works in part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice un­der the 999 call sys­tem was es­tab­lished in 2008 to de­liver pro­fes­sional pre hospi­tal care di­rectly to the site of med­i­cal emer­gen­cies through­out Ire­land.

John Kear­ney from Sk­ib­bereen, who is CEO of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, out­lined how it costs €2 mil­lion per year to fund the ser­vice, and be­fore the end of this year the aim is to put a med­i­cal emer­gency he­li­copter in place in the south of Ire­land.

A mu­si­cal fundraiser to sup­port this project will be held at the Celtic Ross Ho­tel, Ross­car­bery, on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29, where four well known per­form­ers will take to the stage for this great cause.

Trudi Lalor, who has won nu­mer­ous awards, will head­line the event. The Michael Collins Band is sure to have the dance floor full all night, while lo­cal mu­si­cian Joe Cooke needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Sheila Fitzger­ald, from Bal­ly­desmond, and who is cur­rently en­joy­ing great suc­cess with her cur­rent sin­gle, ‘In the Gar­den’, will make the jour­ney from North Cork to per­form.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion wel­comes fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives by the pub­lic and also vol­un­teers. Read­ers can log onto the Air Am­bu­lance Web­site at www. com­mu­nityairam­bu­

Con­tact Ted at 083 0483540 for tick­ets (€15).

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