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WE are delighted to announce that Bumbleance are All-Ireland Business Summit’s official charity partner.
Founded by Tony and Mary Heffernan, Bumbleance transports ill children from all over Ireland to their hospital appointments in a special ambulance designed to make the children’s journey as comfortable as possible.
Tony and Mary tragically lost two children to the rare Batten’s Disease and set up charity Bee for Battens and then, Bumbleance. They were recently awarded the Pride of Ireland Award for their amazing work and featured on RTE One’s Would You Believe on Sunday March 29. (Show can be viewed here http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10396407/)
And this week, All-Ireland Business Summit Programme Director Elaine Carroll announced Bumbleance as official charity partner for the event which takes place in Croke Park on 13 May.
“Every single person who has heard of Bumbleance is inspired by Tony’s work. He and his team have created such an invaluable service for sick children and their families, making their journey to hospital as stress-free as possible,” Ms Carroll said.
“Given the upsurge in the economy, it is vital that Irish businesses now collaborate with each other, to aim for growth. This is our main aim in running the summit – to provide businesses with a platform to grow and make connections that matter. We are inviting all participants to use our hashtag, #pitch4progress and that is what we want them to do – to use this event as a springboard,” she added.
“Equally, we want to ensure that the event is not just about business. We want to give something back and Bumbleance is the perfect charity partner to allow us to do that. Tony is a true entrepreneur, who has experienced inconceivable losses but has refused to yield, he has gotten back up and worked hard to realise his dream. We are honoured to have him on board,” she said.
CEO/founder of Bumbleance, Tony Heffernan said: “Bumbleance is delighted to be a part of the All-Ireland Business Summit. There is good synergy between the event and ourselves and we are very much looking forward to May 13th and meeting all of the participants. We work with and are always looking to engage with, small to medium enterprises to help us to continue our work.”
Welcoming the event, broadcaster and Bumbleance patron Matt Cooper said : “”As patron of Bumbleance, I am very happy to represent the charity here today. Tony and his team do wonderful work, and they are responsible for raising the money to buy the Bumbleance and keep it on the road. It is an invaluable service for ill children and their families. We are delighted to be named as charity partner of All-Ireland Business Summit, which is set to be an extremely impressive event for Irish business owners, many of whom we hope can help Bumbleance in some small way.”
The All-Ireland Business Summit will see progressive businesses from all over Ireland gather at Croke Park on May 13 for a large expo, business conference and networking event to connect with fellow business owners and operators and to grow their enterprises.