Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Ride out for Prems” Road Challenge of Ireland

Every year in Ireland over 4,500 babies are born prematurely. A premature baby is a baby born between 23 and 36 weeks gestation. Many of these babies face an incredibly difficult start when they come into the world. They can spend days, weeks and months in hospital and suffer from numerous medical problems like breathing problems, brain bleeds, heart trouble, bowels infections, cerebral palsy, hernias, fluid accumulation on the brain to name but a few.

The Ride out for Prems 2013 will take place from Thursday the 25th of April to Sunday the 28th of April 2013. 

Some of 4500 babies will go on to lead healthy lives, some of these babies will have long term complications and sadly some of them are just too ill to survive. Irish Premature Babies CHY19532 are the only charity in Ireland that look after the families of premature babies and the only charity that helps to buy life saving equipment for the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s) and Special Care Baby Units (SCBU’s) around the country. We are an unique charity in that all the members work solely on a voluntary basis so all fundraising money goes directly to specific projects and directly to those in need.
What is the “Ride out for Prems” Road Challenge of Ireland all about ?


The purpose of the challenge is to raise funds for life saving equipment for the different baby intensive care units around Ireland. They units need incubators, heart monitors, ventilation and cpap equipment and apnea monitors.
 What is involved in the Ride our for prems road challenge ?

Over a period of 4 days , you will accompany a group of motorcyclists around Ireland. We have a specific route designed for the road challenge. Each day you will visit a different baby intensive care unit and present the unit with a piece of equipment that you have helped to fundraise for. You will also get to meet the parents whose babies you are helping and the medical staff who look after all these special tiny babies. This is our second year to do this challenge and we had a great success last year and we got great media coverage from the T.V to radio to national papers.

What do you need to do to come on the Ride out for Prems tour ?

You need to fundraise €1,000 to come on this tour. This will also cover your accommodation in a hotel each night, breakfast and evening dinner and entertainment each night and a welcome home celebration. It’s a unique opportunity for people to see exactly where their fundraising efforts will go. The charity will help or advise you on how to fundraise if you need any assistance. We are also set up on mycharity so you can set up your own page. But we can help with all of that.


If you would like to learn a little more about our charity or would like more information, please visit the following and use the contact details below. http://www.rideoutforprems.com or http://www.irishprematurebabies.com

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