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Munster Rugby And BUMBLEance Launch Munster Machine Campaign

8th April 2021 By The Editor

Bumbleance Munster Machine

John Hodnett, Conor Murray and Shane Daly on hand to show Munster's support for BUMBLEance.

BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance and Munster Rugby have teamed up to create one of the most tangible charity partnerships imaginable.

The interactive ambulance service, which was founded by Munster couple Mary and Tony Heffernan from Castlemaine (Kerry), prides itself on delivering smiles to Ireland’s youngest patients.

The uniquely designed Munster Rugby and BUMBLEance branded vehicle will be known as the #MUNSTERMACHINE and will be the 18th vehicle to join the fleet later in 2021. The charity hopes to raise over €250,000 through the initiative to fund this new vehicle and regional service.

Munster Machine BUMBLEance

Munster Rugby and BUMBLEance are coming together to get the #MunsterMachine on the road.

BUMBLEance Co-Founder and CEO, Tony Heffernan, explains the campaign further: “For years, we have been transporting our King and Queen Bees from Munster and beyond in comfort and style. Now with the support of Munster Rugby and fans, we will be getting the Red Army mobilised to help even more children. We are asking all Munster Rugby supporters to get behind this amazing initiative and help us fund this new state-of-the-art vehicle.  There are a number of ways to get involved with an amazing opportunity for a limited number of supporters to become virtual stakeholders in the vehicle itself.”

While supporters will be asked to support in any way they can, a special unique “VIB Supporter” package will be available for those who donate €250 to the Munster Machine and this package will give individuals, families, or groups the opportunity to attend the official launch of the vehicle at Thomond Park.

Additionally, one lucky “VIB Supporter” will be in with a chance to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with Munster Rugby, all subject to Public Health/Government COVID regulations permit. A suite of other benefits will be offered to supporters of the Munster Machine.

BUMBLEance is the world’s first fully interactive, state of the art, Children’s National Ambulance Service. It provides a national service for critically and seriously ill children, who require transportation between their home and children’s hospitals, hospices, national treatment centres and respite centres.

Commenting on the partnership Claire Cooke, Munster Rugby Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to Support BUMBLEance on this exciting campaign, helping provide an essential service to those in need within our community.

“Tony and his team oversee an amazing charity that do incredible work around the province and beyond. We all look forward to seeing the Munster Machine on the road for the next five years and Munster Rugby is very proud of the part it will play in providing a unique experience and support to children in need.”


Our goal is simple, we want to make children with serious illnesses in Munster smile!

To do that we need to create another BUMBLEance to join the fleet in our Munster region. These special ambulances transport precious cargo in style, safety and comfort.

All donations are welcome and any amount will go a long way in getting the #MunsterMachine on the road.

Find out more information, become a “VIB Supporter” or donate any amount you wish online here. 


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