‘Jeep for Jason’ campaign at full throttle

Ahiohill Threshing

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Dr. Jason Van der Velde from West Cork Rapid Response takes a well earned rest at Ahiohill Threshing & Vintage Day in aid of "Jeep for Jason" and Suicide Aware. Events are stil taking place throughout West Cork to raise €70,000 for a top-of-the-range emergency response vehicle for Jason.

September and October have been very busy months for the ‘Jeep for Jason’ campaign but the launch date of Sunday, November 30 in Ballinascarthy is right on target. The success of the campaign is thanks to the people of West Cork, who have rallied round this project and have embraced the need for a new emergency vehicle for Dr. Jason Van der Velde.

All sorts of events have taken place including 5K walks, threshings, a car wash, chimney sweeping, concerts, bag packing, quizzes, bingo and numerous coffee days. A number of national and secondary schools also participated in the Uniform Free Day and cake sales for the very deserving cause. Dr. Jason plans on visiting these schools in the New Year with his new jeep and will run through how to make an emergency 999 call. There is still time for anyone who would like to hold or organise an event, just contact Betty (087) 2414787 or Kate (086) 4540981.

The events for November are as follows:

Saturday, November 1 — Sharon Hayes Memorial ladies football match and Family Fun Day in Dunmanway at 2pm with All-Ireland Ladies Football team members and Brendan Martin Cup attending; Afternoon Tea at Sarah Coules, Rock Haven, Inchydoney from 12 noon to 6pm, everyone very welcome; Gina and The Champions play in Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale, enjoy a great night’s dancing.

Friday November 7 — Breakfast Morning in Fernhill House Hotel at 7.30am with guest speakers Tomás Mulcahy, John Caulfield and Declan Kidney — this event is ideal for all sporting clubs in West Cork to support the ‘Jeep for Jason’ project if they haven’t done so already. Bookings at (086) 3791064.

Sunday November 9 — Coffee Day at Michael and Elma O’Neill, Ballinard, Ballineen from 11am – 8pm; Threshing Day in Reenascreena.

Wednesday, November 19 – ‘Beauty on the Lane’, Beauty, Fashion and Fun at Monk’s Lane, Timoleague, drinks reception at 8pm, amazing spot prizes, goody bags and prize for the Best Dressed Lady. Bookings (023) 88 46348.

Saturday, November 22 — ‘The Three Tenors’ play in Inchydoney Hotel at 8pm, guest Soprano Joanne Walsh, tickets going fast, for sale in The Village Store, Ballinascarthy, Centra Enniskeane, O’Donovan’s Hotel and Inchydoney Hotel.

Saturday, November 29 — Down and Dirty event in Skibbereen.

Sunday, November 30 — official launch of the ‘Jeep for Jason’ in Ballinascarthy. Everyone is cordially invited to attend. Come to Ballinascarthy in the afternoon and view the jeep, see where your donation went and meet Dr. Jason Van der Velde.

Friday, December 5 — Ceilí Mór in The Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway with Michael Sexton and Band, monster raffle on the night.

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