For the record, 12.5 million steps will get you from Ballymena to California (metaphorically speaking).
But, as the management and staff at Moore Concrete recently found out – it’s an effort worth making if the end result is a whopping almost £1,500 charitable donation for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland
Throughout the month of March Moore Concrete took on the mammoth challenge to walk from Ballymena to California (8,258km) to raise money for the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.
Wilbert Moore, Managing Director of Moore Concrete, explained: “Our aim was to motivate employees to keep active, stay connected, have fun and, of course, raise money for a great cause.
“We made it to California having walked an impressive 12,752,757 steps equating to 8,500km. “We choose the Air Ambulance because of the life-saving work they do. They even rescued a member of our agricultural sales team, Pat Halliday, back in 2012. “We managed to raise a fantastic £1,448.80. Moore Concrete would like to thank everyone who participated in the challenge and donated.”
The charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, in part-nership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland.
The service brings urgent medical assistance to any-where in the Province, operating seven days a week for 12 hours per day. It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately 25 minutes.
The HEMS team attend patients who are seriously ill or injured, bringing emergency pre-hospital care
direct to the casualty, which can be the difference between life and death.
Kerry Anderson, Head of
Fundraising for Air Am-bulance NI, said: “We are very grateful to Moore Concrete for their support.
“As a charity we need to raise £2 million each year to maintain and sustain
this service so public sup-port and donations are crucial.
“We are encouraging local businesses to get in touch to avail of an online webinar or consider taking part in one of our events, including Dragon Boat Racing on Friday, 10 September, 2021, on the River Lagan, our abseil down the Tower Museum, Londonderry, on Sunday, 19 September, 2021, or doing your own fundraising
event for the charity this summer.
“Whatever you choose to do, your fundraising will help save lives, brains and limbs.”