Tuesday 21 October 2014

Adventurer goes the distance for ambulance push

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

Miriam O'Callaghan and Mike O'Shea launch the BUMBLEance Mega Push in Dublin yesterday. Conor McCabe

HE HAS trekked across Polar icecaps and some of the world's most unforgiving terrain but adventurer Mike O'Shea now faces one of his toughest challenges – pushing the BUMBLEance from Dingle to Dublin.

The Kerry adventurer will be joined by Tony Heffernan who founded the national children's ambulance service along with his wife Mary of the Saoirse Foundation, and a team of volunteers to help them compete the 355km.

The BUMBLEance Mega Push hopes to raise €250,000 and put two more child-friendly interactive ambulances on the road, and was launched by the charity's patron Miriam O'Callaghan.

The pair will set off from Dingle, Co Kerry, finishing up in St Stephen's Green Dublin around 10 days later on September 20.

They will push and pull the ambulance over the notorious Conor Pass before passing through towns and villages including Camp, Castleisland, Templeglantine, Adare, Birdhill, Monegall, Mountrath, Monasterevin and Kill before reaching the capital.

Members of the public can get behind them by texting the word BUZZ to 50300 to donate €4 to the charity.

Volunteers and fundraisers are welcome to join the team along the route and can get involved by contacting BUMBLEance on 083-0044444.

Irish Independent

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