BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance and Munster Rugby have teamed up to create a unique charity partnership.

The uniquely designed Munster Rugby and BUMBLEance branded vehicle will be known as the #MUNSTERMACHINE and will be the 18th vehicle to join the fleet later in 2021. The charity hopes to raise over €250,000 through the initiative to fund this new vehicle and its regional service providing an ambulance service to the youngest of patients.

“With the support of Munster Rugby and fans, we will be getting the Red Army mobilised to help even more children,” said BUMBLEance Co-Founder and CEO, Tony Heffernan.

“For years, we have been transporting our King and Queen Bees from Munster and beyond in comfort and style. Now we are asking all Munster Rugby supporters to get behind this amazing initiative and help us fund this new state-of-the-art vehicle. There are a number of ways to get involved with an amazing opportunity for a limited number of supporters to become virtual stakeholders in the vehicle itself.”

While supporters will be asked to support in any way they can, a special unique “VIB Supporter” package will be available for those who donate €250 to the Munster Machine and this package will give individuals, families, or groups the opportunity to attend the official launch of the vehicle at Thomond Park.

Additionally, one lucky VIB Supporter will have the chance to be selected at random for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with Munster Rugby, when restrictions permit. A suite of other benefits will be offered to Munster Machine supporters.

BUMBLEance is the world’s first fully interactive, state of the art, Children’s National Ambulance Service. It provides a national service for critically and seriously ill children, who require transportation between their home and children’s hospitals, hospices, national treatment centres and respite centres.

“We are delighted to Support BUMBLEance on this exciting campaign, helping provide an essential service to those in need within our community,” said Claire Cooke, Munster Rugby Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager.

“Tony and his team oversee an amazing charity that does incredible work around the province and beyond. We all look forward to seeing the Munster Machine on the road for the next five years and Munster Rugby is very proud of the part it will play in providing a unique experience and support to children in need.”

“Both Tony and I will be donating to the Munster Machine ourselves in memory of our two children, Saoirse and Liam,” added Mary Heffernan.

“We would encourage all fellow Munster Rugby supporters, BUMBLEance fans, and anyone wishing to get involved, to do the same. It is a great legacy to be associated with and it offers families a unique opportunity to celebrate the life, birthday, or other milestones of their loved one, friend or the Munster supporter in their life.”

Anthony Morrisey, Munster Rugby’s Business Development Manager, has first-hand experience of the service after availing of it for his little boy Theo who is one of the charity’s King Bees.

“Having the benefit of going on the BUMBLEance to appointments during the pandemic has really shown me as a parent the importance and value of the service more than ever. BUMBLEance is part of our family and we are part of their BEE team, the charity has continued to support us and others throughout the COVID-19 crisis.”


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