Freewheeling Lifesavers need your help

Bloodbike Ireland exists for one reason and one reason only…to save lives!  It’s an excellent reason and it’s all done in aid of a wonderful cause.

  As bikers ourselves, myself and hubby know how important this service is.  We also know and understand the level of skill, ability and training that goes into riding a motorcycle and have enormous respect for those volunteers who give up their time and give of their talents free…all in the name of helping others.

  Everyone will know and appreciate that giving blood can provide a vital lifeline to those who need it; however, what if the person in need is in Cork and the lifesaving blood is in another part of the country…how does the HSE get it to them quickly, effectively and FREE of charge? That’s where the dedicated bunch of freewheeling lads and ladies of Bloodbike Ireland come in. They’re a specially trained crew of motorcyclists whom, through this wonderful charity, make themselves available as volunteers, from 7 pm to 7 am during the week and all weekend putting their passion for motorbikes to good use by transporting vital medical supplies to those in need.

  Bloodbike Ireland receives no government funding, meaning they survive on donations from generous members of the public; and, with this in mind a bunch of kind-hearted Rossies, one of whom is Tom Rumley, decided it was time to give them a help out by holding a fundraiser in The Railway Bar on 17th September. 

  “We can all relate to the sacrifices and dedication undertaken by the riders who not only provide the service free but who must also fund their own training” said Tom, whom, alongside his pals, will be there on the night shaking buckets in the hope of generating much-needed financial support.  

  “Last year we raised €5,000 and distributed it between seven Bloodbike groups countrywide and this time we hope to do better,” explained Tom, who was quick to point out that himself, Tom Cummins, Dermot Kiernan, Farnan Hegarty, Slawomir Jurek are all simply “just a group of guys who ride together, and want to help out where we can. Last year went down a storm in the Railway Bar; locals and bikers alike asked us to do it again this year so here we go again….” he explained.

  This year’s event will feature a sumptuous BBQ feast of locally-produced meats and mouth-watering breads accompanied by live music and a raffle. In addition, I believe that some hunky Bloodbike biker heroes will be in attendance along with fellow bikers from around the country, and a lot of hotels, B&Bs and other local businesses are offering their valued support through making special deals available to visitors, supporters and revellers alike.

  “There are no tickets and there is no cover charge for the night, just buckets being handed around the bar for donations,” says Tom, who wants to thank all those business owners for their continued and vital support and sponsorship; in particular, he wants to acknowledge “a great donation from Roscommon Cycling Club and friends whom we marshall for.”

  According to Tom, it’s important to raise the profile of this vital and wholly unselfish service.

  “We ourselves are at present outside the catchment area for the existing Bloodbike groups who cover the Roscommon area but feel the need to raise the profile of Bloodbikes within the public domain to ensure they get the maximum support needed.”

  For more information, please visit the group’s Facebook page ‘Bike Night in aid of Bloodbike Ireland’ and drop into the Railway Bar on 17th of September to give these freewheeling lifesavers your much-needed and appreciated support. There will also be secure bike parking for those who need it.