Published on April 25th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Another Busy March at the ICAA
The Irish Community Air Ambulance continue to provide essential support to the emergency services carrying out 47 HEMS taskings during March. The company responded to 246 taskings during the first quarter of 2022 with 115 HEMS Air Ambulance taskings during the first three months of this year. The ground teams responded to 131 incidents between January and March this year.
Commenting on the first quarter missions, the CEO of the Irish Community Air Ambulance, Micheál Sheridan said, “We know that life can change in an instant and that nobody sets out on their day thinking that they will need our help. Fundraisers and donations allow us to bring hope to patients when they need it most. Our HEMS Air Ambulance can reach any location within a 25,000sq km area in less than 30 minutes. Our team of volunteer critical care doctors on the ground in Dublin, Mayo and Donegal bring the hospital to the patient and can carry out life-saving interventions at the scene of serious incidents and traumas.”
The first overseas event for the Irish Community Air Ambulance is set to exceed its fundraising goal. A group of 48 supporters has arrived in Portugal to bike and hike the Camino into Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The organisation set a fundraising target of €50,000 for the week-long event which has already been surpassed. Participants from Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Mayo, Galway, Dublin, Wicklow and Tyrone will be taking on a 130km walk or 338km cycle along the Portuguese Coastal Route.
Micheál Sheridan also commented on the fundraising teams ahead of their overseas trip by adding, “We’re lucky to have such dedicated supporters right across the country. They have put huge effort into training and fundraising ahead of the Camino, hosting coffee mornings, a dip in the nip, firefighter car wash, cycles and signed jersey raffles. They have done exceptionally well, especially in the current climate when fundraising is challenging. Local businesses and entire communities have also come on board to support them and we are very thankful. Their generosity ensures that we can bring hope to people when they need it most, whether that’s responding with our HEMS Air Ambulance or our team of volunteer Critical Care Doctors across the country.”
The ICAA continue to look for volunteers to fundraise for the organisation. Details can be found here.