Without the Red Cross, there would be no motorsport – calls to support their fundraiser and help put a new ambulance on the road

Without the Red Cross, there would be no rallying – support their fundraiser and help put a new ambulance on the road

By Sean Moriarty

The Tralee branch of the Irish Red Cross is calling on the motorsport community to support an ambulance refurbishment fundraiser.

The Tralee branch recently took delivery of a 132-registered Mercedes Sprinter that was donated by the National Ambulance Service.

However, even with the donation there is a lot of work to be done before the new ambulance can be put on the road and into service.

The current hi-visibility signage needs to be stripped off the ambulance along with any residue from the markings.

Motorsport rescue training day organised by local Irish Red Cross members

The ambulance will then need to be prepared for new spray job from its original yellow to the Irish Red Cross colour of white before the Red Cross’ own hi-visibility reflective markings can be applied.

The back of the ambulance will then need to be fitted and kitted out with the equipment as per PHECC standards.

Finishing up with a little work on the engine and new tyres it will be ready for service – once it passes it’s CVRT.

The contribution the Irish Red Cross has made to local motorsport is immeasurable – simply without the Red Cross events like the Circuit of Kerry Rally and the Rally of the Lakes cannot run.

Irish Red Cross members on duty at the Circuit of Kerry Rally a few years ago

And while their expertise is rarely called upon during an event it is reassuring to know they are never far away from a potential rally stage accident.

“With our fundraising cut this year, we need to ask you the public and business owners to please help us to get our ambulance into service so we can have a faster response and more crew to deal with our duties that, will include helping and supporting our community even more so in these COVID-19 times,” a Tralee Red Cross spokesperson said.

Motorsport rescue training day organised by local Irish Red Cross members

This weekend the Red Cross is organising a virtual 5k run/walk to raise fund.

Donations can be made by clicking the link –gf.me/u/ygwbxv – or any of the photos.

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