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The Irish Community Air Ambulance has launched a fundraising campaign as part of International Air Ambulance Week and is asking “What if there was no Air Ambulance?”

The organisation, which is Ireland’s first and only charity-funded HEMS Air Ambulance, is being called to more missions than ever. The helicopter was launched 388 times during the first eight months of the year with July 2021 one of its busiest months to date. Crews were tasked to 57 separate incidents in eight counties, during July, at a cost of almost €200,000. Each mission costs an average of €3,500, all of which has to be raised or donated.

The Irish Community Air Ambulance has released a video highlighting the importance of the service and is asking members of the public to help it to save lives by visiting the website www.communityairambulance.ie and making a donation. It is also asking schools and businesses to get involved in International Air Ambulance Week by wearing red or yellow and making a donation today (Friday), or any day during September.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) works in partnership with the National Ambulance Service and is ready to respond to serious incidents and medical emergencies from its base in Rathcoole in North Cork seven days a week.

“We bring hope when it’s needed most," Micheál Sheridan, CEO of the Irish Community Air Ambulance, said.

"Over the last two years we have been tasked to more than one thousand missions which proves that our organisation is a vital life-changing service. Demand for our service is continuing to increase which means that our costs are also increasing. Fundraising during COVID-19 has been extremely challenging which is why we’re issuing this appeal and asking people can you help fund our next mission?”

​​​​​The Irish Community Air Ambulance is on track to complete more than five hundred missions this year and is predicting a 10% increase since 2020. Cork and Kerry are the counties most likely to require the service however, the Air Ambulance is regularly called to other counties, and incidents range from road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests and farming accidents, to equestrian incidents and falls from heights.

To make a donation visit communityairambulance.ie. You can also donate €4 by texting FLIGHT to 50300.

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Prepare your skin for the party season

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio With Christmas on the horizon, it’s time to get in the party mood! Prepare your skin for the party season and give your confidence a boost – it’s your best accessory for your favourite party dress! A CACI Synergy Non-Surgical Facial brings muscle toning to an […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

With Christmas on the horizon, it’s time to get in the party mood! Prepare your skin for the party season and give your confidence a boost – it’s your best accessory for your favourite party dress!

A CACI Synergy Non-Surgical Facial brings muscle toning to an advanced level. With 20 years of medical research behind it, micro current impulses will lift and tone the muscles of the face and neck area while improving the skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The application of the hydra tone silicone mask gives a deep nourishing finish to the treatment that hydrates and tones, achieving a more youthful fresh glow. It combines micro-current rollers which help restore muscle tone and firmness with the hydra tone mask. This mask is infused with collagen, hyaluronic acid and rose water to deeply nourish and deliver a surge of moisture to the skin that will soothe and calm any skin redness and irritation. This treatment is perfect for special events and brides-to-be.

Our new CACI Synergy Facial includes a lot of light therapy throughout the 80 minute facial. During the winter there is less sunlight, so a light fusion treatment can be mood lifting and help you to get a healthy natural glow. Also one of the most effective ingredients for attaining a glowing complexion is vitamin C. Incorporating a product with vitamin C into your skincare routine will brighten, energise and clarify for naturally luminous looking skin. Sothys Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream has anti-ageing stabilising vitamin C and oxygen like nasturtium plant extract and AHA for its exfoliation properties while you sleep for smoother skin that appears rested and visibly detoxified and brighter when you wake.

Easy collection options are available so you don’t have to leave your car or we will deliver it to you!

For more information to book a facial or to purchase a product, please call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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By Michelle Crean

It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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