Answer the Call to save lives on March 23

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Volunteer paramedics l-r: Tomás Allen, Garry Minihane, Gráinne McCarthy, Mick Lynch, Martin Downey, Eamonn Barry, Ronan Archbold, Martin Haughney and Dr. Jason van der Velde with their emergency equipment kits. A West Cork-wide simultaneous quiz will take place on March 23 to raise funds for these life-saving kits.

Dr. Jason van der Velde of West Cork Rapid Response (WCRR) has now been joined by 12 volunteer emergency responders, each with their own emergency equipment kits, to help cover large areas of our rural community. Each kit costs €6,000 and contains lifesaving equipment, including a monitoring and defibrillation system, so local fundraising efforts have been stepped up.

The responders, including paramedics and advanced paramedics, who have already signed up to volunteer in the off duty period are from Belgooly, Bandon, Skibbereen, Drimoleague, Reenascreena, Coppeen, Clonakilty, Ardfield, Timoleague and Bantry. There is also the possibility of getting emergency service volunteers onboard from Schull, Macroom, Castletownbere and Eyeries.

WCRR is 10 years old this year and has made an effective, positive impact on West Cork and beyond. Dr. Jason commented that this new development is “a logical expansion of the service already provided by WCRR and enables professionals who are free to respond to a bad accident in the vicinity of their homes.”

The responders operate within a 10km radius of their homes and have answered 13 life-threatening calls already in 2018.

After such a successful ‘Jeep for Jason’ campaign in 2014, where the whole of West Cork got behind the project to provide Dr. Jason with an emergency response vehicle, WCRR are now asking everyone to please support fundraising for the cost of the kits.

Coming up is an ‘Answer The Call Quiz’ in every town/village/community in West Cork on Friday March 23 at 8.30pm where everyone will be at the quiz at the same time, answering the same questions!

If you would like to take part in the quiz, or are willing to help out, please contact Betty on 087 2414787 or email you can make a donation or organise any other event for the cause.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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