Help charity BUMBLEance by donating your old phone

The UCC campus will be abuzz with curious students, staff and the local community as BUMBLEance, the world’s first interactive ambulance service designed specifically for children, pays a visit on Thursday 27th March 11am-2pm.

BUMBLEance, an interactive ambulance designed for children, will park right outside the Student Centre on Thursday 27th March (11am-2pm) and they would love to have any mobile phones you no longer use! It would go a long way towards helping fund their vital services for critically ill children. In exchange you get entry to a draw to win a 2014 Mercedes, and there will also be a range of raffle prizes on the day.


Proof that not all charities are created equal, the CEO of the Saoirse Foundation receives no salary, bonuses, top-ups, pensions or state support.

UCC is rowing behind the efforts of Tony and Mary Heffernan, a remarkable couple who have been a constant driving force behind a number of initiatives to counter the fatal Battens Disease. Under the umbrella of the Saoirse Foundation, a national support organisation named in memory of their daughter who passed away from Battens, initiatives like respite centre Liam’s Lodge, named after their son who also has Battens, and of course, the colourful BUMBLEance, continue to push a once unheard of condition into the spotlight.

BUMBLEance welcomes anyone who would like to know more about their work, or who may have a mobile phone they wish to donate, to come to UCC’s Amphitheatre (in front of the Student Centre) from 11am-2pm on Thursday 27th March. Those who donate a phone(s) will be entered into a national draw run by BUMBLEance, with a 2014 Mercedes the coveted prize. The charity hopes to reach the target of 100,000 phones donated by the provisional draw date, July 31st 2014.

Passersby can also purchase raffle tickets at one euro each on the day to be in with a chance of winning a number of prizes from local businesses, including The River Lee Hotel, Electric Bar and Restaurant and UCC’s Visitors’ Centre amongst others. All funds raised will go towards keeping BUMBLEance on the road.

UCC students and staff will also be able to donate their old phones in advance through special donation bins around campus and via the staff postal system.

The concept behind the non-profit state-of-the-art BUMBLEance is as simple as it is eloquent – transform what can be an incredibly stressful trip for critically ill children and their guardians into an altogether more pleasant journey.

Category: Official University Events: External
Time: See below
Location: Amphitheatre (outside Áras na Mac Léinn) (Thursday 27 March 11am-2pm only)
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Tom McCarthy

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