Group of innovative farmers raise €26k for emergency service with novel karting event
A group of innovative farmers and contractors from the Rebel County have raised a staggering €26,000 for West Cork Rapid Response (WCRR).
Following a devastating farm accident last year, a group of agri-related people in the region came up with the novel idea of hosting a 'Battle of the Contractors' karting event.
Last month, more than 20 teams crusaded around the go-karting tracks at Watergrasshill, Co Cork, to raise vital funds to give back to WCRR. Hundreds turned out to show their support for a service considered crucial to the safety, well-being and ag education of local farming communities.
WCRR is an entirely voluntary group working in partnership with and supporting the existing HSE emergency medical services. The rapid response vehicle and volunteers are declared national ambulance service assets based in, and serving, all of West Cork.
Organiser Barry Murphy said, "Contractors were approached in the area and we got 23 teams of five members each and we went kart racing.
"It was the battle of the contractors without the tractors.
"There had been a farm accident and a lot of WCRR's resources were used, and we felt that it was our responsibility to give back and give the service the recognition they deserve for the trojan work they do," he added.
In particular they wanted to highlight the work of local volunteer paramedic Jason van der Velde, who has used his own Jeep and equipment to save numerous lives in West Cork over recent years.