Motorcycle racer Samantha Martin to launch her air ambulance fundraiser book at rally Castleisland-based rally that is raising funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
A North Kerry motorcycle racer has penned and illustrated a children’s storybook to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
Tarbert’s Samantha Martin was one of two Kerry-based female racers to enter rounds of the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship last season.
She will launch the book on the rally’s ceremonial start ramp outside the River Island Hotel at 700pm on Saturday evening.
Martin will go on stage just before the competing crews are scheduled to go over the ramp.
The entire profits of this event are to be donated to the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
Earlier this year she entered the opening rounds of the Production Twin class on her Suzuki SV.
However, later in the year, she got accepted into a Paramedic Course at the University of Limerick.
Her ultimate dream is to act as a travelling Paramedic on an Irish Road Racing event.
To fund her college course she had to sell the race bike: “I had to give up on the small dream of racing a bike to follow the big dream of becoming a Paramedic” she said at the time.
Now, halfway through her first year as a student, and after learning about the Irish Community Air Ambulance and that it is privately funded she wanted to do something to raise funds for this essential service.
She wrote and illustrated a children’s book, ‘Rapid Response’ on the role an air ambulance plays in any community.
“I’ve been in touch with the air ambulance charity recently to try and come up with ways to raise money for their services. I wrote a short children’s storybook about the role of the air ambulance and its importance in pre-hospital care. It is perfect for that little future medic in your life,” she said.
“100% of proceeds are being donated to the Irish Community Air Ambulance charity to help them continue providing their essential services.”
Samantha has another trick up her sleeve to raise even more funds. Motorcycle road racing might be the fastest form of motorsport on the planet but she is inviting her Mondello Park colleagues to take part in a slow motorbike race.
The event will run, potentially in mid-April, in a private car park near Tarbert. The object of the game is to see who can stay up on their bike for as long as possible without putting a foot down and the slowest racer wins the event!
“Each mission costs an average of €3,500 so the hope is to raise enough from the book and hopefully the slow bike race, once it’s organised, to be able to fund at least one call out,” she added.
Copies of the book can be ordered via this link:
https://www.amazon.de/dp/B09RM61KSY and cost €14.99 plus post and packaging at €7.65.
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