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Monday 22 September 2014

Tee-off for Bumbleance

Kevin Hughes

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:36

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Launching the Bumbleance Golf Classic were Michelle McGreevy Manager Dooks Golf Club, John Mangan Club Captain Dooks Golf Club and Susanna Lyons Director Bumbleance which will be held in Dooks Golf Club on Friday the 9th May. (Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin)

AS PART of Dooks Golf Course's 125th anniversary celebrations, the scenic coastal club will host a special golf classic to support a cause that is close to the heart of everyone in Kerry.

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The BUMBLEance Golf Classic will be staged on May 9 and, for €200 for a four-ball, participants can take in the beautiful surrounds and support a fabulous cause in the process.

General Manager of Dooks Golf Club Michelle McGreevy said the club was only too delighted to get involved in the project.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for us here at Dooks to see first hand the wonderful work that 'Bumbleance' does all over the country. The golf classic will start at 7am and finish at 4pm and we have people come from all over the world to play our course, so we are sure that the card will fill up quickly," she added.

Keel-based Tony and Mary Heffernan lost their daughter Saoirse to Battens Disease in 2011 and their five-year-old son Liam, who is also affected by Battens Disease, has just outlived his sister by one month.

Following many uncomfortable trips in ambulances and cars to treatment centres, Tony and Mary decided to create the world's first interactive children's ambulance service.

"Speaking from our personal experience, we saw the stress our late daughter Saoirse experienced when undertaking many ambulance journeys to the National Children's Hospitals in Dublin, so we decided that there was no point doing nothing about it," Tony said

Bumbleance is funded through The Saoirse Foundation and is a fully functioning emergency ambulance, manned by the medical crew at LifeLine. The child is in control of the journey which results in the child and parents arriving in a relaxed state.

"Our vision is to have one Bumbleance for each province by the end of 2015 plus an additional Bumbleance for Dublin," Tony said. To book a tee time contact John on 066-9768205 or Susanna on 087-6800789.

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