Stiff Upper Lip For #BUMBLEance

ouchThere is just one week to go to my big ‘fight night’ for the kids’ ambulance service BUMBLEance.

I’m beginning to think that the big night in the ring can’t possibly be as bad as the training nights – apart from the added mortification of being brutal in front of an audience! Thirty volunteer amateurs are coming together to fight it out for the kids at the Dandelion, Dublin on Nov 13th; and we’re looking for you to support us, help us fundraise and help spread the word.

I’ve learned lots over the past couple of weeks. I’ve learned that I don’t like inflicting pain and I don’t much like being on the receiving end either. I hope I won’t run away, and I sincerely hope I don’t cry – although I nearly did tonight… On the other hand, even though I’m not quick enough, or sharp Keith1enough, I know I’ve got a certain amount of guts, and a certain amount of strength, stamina and aggression; and after the mashing my face got tonight, I might even be a step closer to aiming for someone’s nose the next time!

After a late start to my training because of being abroad, I then ended up getting flu and lost another two nights. There’s so little time left to learn the basics, and last night I got a bonus session with Sifu Keith Fanning at the Blue Dragon gym in Balbriggan. Now I liked that! We were sparring, but with pads, no head shots, and I actually got a chance to learn how to throw a punch. I learned loads.  But back sparring in Harolds’ Cross tonight it was back into the washing machine of fists in mouth and I’m recognising I need to change my game plan… or maybe even ‘get a game plan’.

At this stage I’m thinking that the only thing I like about boxing is my set of pink boxing gloves. I was wondering what I’d do with them after BumbleBox  and quickly came to the conclusion that I would give them away, because I’d never choose to get in a ring again. Then I thought that maybe I’d keep them for boxercise – I’d like that. The thing is that I have a choice.  I’m not enjoying this fighting experience and I’m experiencing a fair bit of pain in the process.  But after November 13th I can choose to stop. That’s a choice the kids that use Bumbleance don’t have. That’s a choice their parents don’t have. It makes me stop whining and recognise how lucky I am, and how little I’m really doing.  This isn’t pain, it’s a temporary inconvenience; and in the future when my lip stops hurting, I know I’ll remember it as being a privilege.

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BUMBLEance is Ireland’s and the World’s first interactive ambulance service designed specifically for children

This ambulance service which was launched on Friday 6th September 2013 is owned by the Saoirse Foundation, a national children’s charity with its headquarters located in Kerry. The Saoirse Foundation was set up in March 2010 by Tony and Mary Heffernan. Our first project was the establishment of Bee for Battens, the National Charity for Batten Disease and in 2015 we are opening Liam’s Lodge which will be Ireland’s first national respite centre for children suffering from genetic and rare disorders. BUMBLEance has partnered with Lifeline Ambulance Service, who will provide professional services and supports to the charity. This is not a profit making venture. Our aim at the Saoirse Foundation is to make positive life impacts for sick children. BUMBLEance is the most modern children’s ambulance service on the planet and it is the world’s first interactive ambulance specifically designed for children, with the capacity to operate the latest medical equipment and inter hospital communication systems. At the Saoirse Foundation safety is our first priority and the ambulance is an upgraded Mercedes Benz 519 unit with extras. Using the latest technology this ambulance was specifically designed and built with the needs of children in mind. BUMBLEance contains every piece of equipment that any other ambulance may have as well as latest developments in software, control and automation services from ATSR, Ferno but it is also a fun environment for sick children. The entertainment system on BUMBLEance comprises the most modern 19 inch LED TV, Playstation games console, iPad Mini and NUBI systems all operated via an on-board control system with a 2TB storage capacity. With the latest mobile communication systems, satellite tracking and monitoring the unit also has a dual channel Wi-Fi hotspot which enables the ambulance to communicate, allowing live streaming from the internet, Skype calls and much much more. BUMBLEance ensures that the journey of a sick child who needs ambulance transportation to and from a treatment centre and their home is the most comfortable journey possible.

Kids shouldn’t have to worry about being sick. Bumbleance helps… So can you:

Donate, come along on the night; and spread the word about: @BumbleBox2014 @BUMBLEance

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