JAMES Speers, President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, has this week announced his plans to hold a fundraising barn dance for Air Ambulance NI.
AANI, the local charity, works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to provide the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland.
The highly anticipated event is open to members of the public of all age groups and will be held at James’ farm on the Keady Road, Co Armagh on Saturday, September 8.
Doors will open from 8.30pm and a BBQ will be served up followed by an entertaining evening of music by popular ‘Hit the Diff’ country singer, Ritchie Remo.
Speaking about the upcoming event, James said: “I am really looking forward to opening up my farm for this barn dance and BBQ which will raise funds for Air Ambulance NI, a charity I have chosen to support throughout my two year Presidential term.
“This is a unique opportunity for the community to come together and get behind Air Ambulance NI. It’s great to have Ritchie Remo on board to headline the evening, it is set to be a fantastic fun filled night!”
James added: “Clubs across the length and breadth of Northern Ireland have got behind the fundraising drive. From tractor runs to coffee mornings, disco’s to big community breakfasts, YFCU clubs really have gone the extra mile to support myself and YFCU in raising funds for this very worthy charity.”
July 22, 2018 marked the first anniversary of Air Ambulance NI. Over the past year the Air Ambulance has been tasked on 380 occasions, with 10 percent of these calls classified as farm related incidents.
Commenting on this statistic James said: “This highlights the extremely important and lifesaving service that the Air Ambulance provides for those living in rural and isolated parts of Northern Ireland.
“We are lucky to have a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) that can reach remote farm yards within a matter of minutes.
“I know that this is a charity that resonates with the entire 3000 strong YFCU membership base. Like myself I’m sure they will be avid supporters of Air Ambulance month this September which will coincide with the fundraising barn dance and BBQ.”
Kerry Anderson from Air Ambulance NI added: “It was lovely to welcome James and Ritchie to our base to launch the barn dance; we had no sooner taken our photo than the service was tasked.
“We are so grateful to YFCU for their fundraising during James’ two year term and to the whole community for their support.”