Minister for Research and Innovation at the Department of Education, Seán Sherlock, was in Fermoy this week to launch ‘Liam’s Lifts’, a new volunteer driver scheme to assist people getting to oncology treatment in Cork.
The scheme is being developed by Triona O’Flynn, a Fermoy woman, in memory of her father Liam who sadly passed away in 2010 following a battle with cancer.
“When my father Liam was diagnosed with cancer and scheduled for treatment, we quickly realised how difficult it was for people in North Cork to get to and from their cancer treatment appointments in Cork. My family, friends and I decided that something had to be done and the idea for Liam’s Lifts was born. We completed a marathon to raise the initial funds and received much advice from the staff of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, who linked us to similar volunteer driver schemes in Sligo, Westmeath and Wexford.”
Triona has already recruited 13 volunteer drivers who have completed Passenger Assistant Training and the scheme will start on Monday November 14th. “We are so excited about finally launching the scheme after several months of planning. The service users will be asked to contribute a nominal fee only to help with travel and administration costs. We were delighted that Minister Seán Sherlock was available to launch the scheme.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Sherlock praised the volunteer drivers for giving their time to such an innovative new scheme. “Liam’s Lifts will help provide an affordable, personal and discreet door to door car service for people who need transport support for essential cancer treatment. People are often anxious about their treatment so it will be a huge comfort to them that Liam’s Lifts will be in a position to ease their transport difficulties.”
The photo shows Minister Seán Sherlock officially launching the scheme with Triona O’Flynn, along with some of the volunteer drivers and the board and staff of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership. For more information on Liam’s Lifts, contact Triona O’Flynn on 086 – 725 7218.