Firefighters at Belfast International Airport will have their pulling power tested to the limit on Saturday, 1 October, at 4pm when they turn up at Belfast City Hall with one of their 30-tonne Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 Airport Fire Appliance. In normal circumstances, the vehicle is powered by a 14 litre engine capable of 2 miles to the gallon.
The robust team will get together for a Fire Engine Pull to raise funds for the ‘Children Are Butterflies’, which is the airport’s Charity of the Quarter.
The team is led by Fire Watch Commander, Michael McKenna, who decided to help raise funds for the charity following the death of his niece, Caoimhe, from an undiagnosed heart condition.
His fundraising efforts began with a sponsored Gaelic football match, supported by his family, friends and work colleagues, and Saturday’s Fire Engine Pull is the next step in raising funds for the children’s charity.
Asking people to help, Michael said: “It’s the kind of support that a family hopes they’ll never need. Children Are Butterflies stepped in to help my family and I hope that by helping to raise some funds for them, I can show them how much that support meant to us.”
“My colleagues at Belfast International Airport have helped me every step of the way and it is only with their help that the Fire Engine Pull is underway. If you see us on Saturday as we pass the City Hall, please help with a donation, no matter how small.
Children Are Butterflies, a Northampton based charity, offers practical and financial support when arranging a funeral that was probably not expected and not planned for, and more importantly, emotional support through an established network of parents and families who have suffered similar losses.