In what has become an annual event, a group of motorbike enthusiasts will take to the roads on Thursday, 25th April to raise funds for life-saving equipment for Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units and Special Care Baby Units in hospitals from Letterkenny to Limerick including Mayo General in Castlebar.
The four-day ‘Ride Out For Prems Motor Bike Road Trip Challenge’ will take place between 25th and 28th April to help raise funding for vital equipment such as incubators, heart monitors, ventilators and apnoea monitors for babies who have been born premature and may have developed complications or need extra support in the early stages oftheir lives.
Over the four day road trip in the West, the motorbike fund-raisers will visit Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units in Letterkenny General Hospital, Sligo General Hospital, Mayo General Hospital, University Hospital Galway and St. Munchin’s Unit, Limerick.
This will give them a unique insight and opportunity to see first hand what a difference their fundraising efforts are making. The bikers will also be able to meet with the parents and medical staff that they are helping through their fund-raising motorcycle ride.
Irene Dowling of the Irish Premature Babies Association says; “We are delighted that the motorcyclists are going to “ride out” for vital life-saving equipment for babies
in the neo-natal and special care units. Every rider had to raise €1,000 to go on this trip, so it was a huge commitment by these people to help out, many of whom had no ties to prematurity or the charity.
On Thursday, 25th April, the saddle-bound fundraisers are expected to arrive at Mayo General Hospital, at 1.45pm before travelling on to Galway Cit to visit the Neo Natal Unit at University Hospital Galway at around 4.30pm on Friday afternoon and finishising their trip on Saturday at St. Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital, Limerick.
To find out more or to learn how to join, please log on to the website www.irishprematurebabies.com and register in the events page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to donate to the Irish Premature Babies Association, you can text prem to 57802.
Pictured above, left to right: Bob Tyler, Ride Out for Prems Committee; Pat Courtney, D.J. Radio Nova; Sean Brennan, Ride Out for Prems Committee; Marty Miller, D.J. Radio Nova; and at the front, Geraldine O Callaghan, T.V. personality.