Order of Malta Ambulance Push

Date Published : April 30th, 2013    Published By : admin

Charity Ambulance push raises €2k

Tullamore Order of Malta volunteers assisted staff members of Enterprise Rent-a-Car based in Athlone and Galway in raising €2,000 for charity through a 65km ambulance charity push.

The group started pushing an Order of Malta ambulance from Ballinasloe at 9am and arrived in Oranmore just before 7pm. Enterprise staff from Galway and Athlone were joined by members of the Tullamore unit of the Order of Malta on the day, and worked together to get the ambulance to Oranmore. Twenty two volunteers took part in the charity push, taking turns either pushing or collecting money.

The teams stopped in towns along the way, including Ballinasloe, Augrim, Loughrea, Craughwell and Oranmore. The following day they continued collecting money in Galway city centre. A total of €2,000 was raised and is being split between the Order of Malta and MS Ireland. The money was raised through donations in the branch, sponsorship from staff and collections along the route and the following day.

This was part of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Diversity and Philanthropy week. Donncha Kelly, Branch Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Galway, said: “Our aim was to come up with a different kind of fundraising activity that would attract attention and therefore allow us to raise as much money as possible for the two worthy causes. One of our staff members is a volunteer with the Order of Malta and during a brainstorming exercise we came up with the idea. The Order of Malta loaned us the ambulance and members of their staff also took part. We are all very pleased to have raised awareness and a substantial amount of money through our charity event.”

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