The third James Stevens Memorial Classic Car Run and Concert commences next Sunday, 8 October in aid of East Cork Rapid Response.
The two-part memorial event will begin with a Classic Car tour around East Cork, which is free to enter. Participants will meet at the Mogeely Creamery for 12pm, with the run departing at 1pm. This tour will be followed by live music at the Sportsman Inn, Mogeely, from around 4pm.
“This is the third memorial fundraiser,” said Graham Stevens, whose son James unexpectedly passed away in 2015. “As in previous years it will include a classic car run followed by a concert and will be held in aid of the East Cork Rapid Response. The cars will meet on midday on Sunday at the Creamery in Mogeely and will leave at about 1pm on a tour of East Cork. It will return to Mogeely for 4pm. We are not charging for the run, but donations are encouraged.”
Mr Stevens’ son James was a musician and student at CIT Cork School of Music, and as befitting an event held in memoriam to him the second part of the fundraiser will be a concert featuring a host of talent from in and around East Cork.
“Then we will have music until about 10.30pm at the Sportsman Inn,” said Mr Stevens. “There will be bucket collections and a raffle drawn on the day. We will have a variety of small spot prizes donated by local businesses.”
The night’s performers will include Top Men, Rowan, Bad Reputation, Rockhard, Lorenzo Blue, Johnny Houlihan, Dots and Henny, Mike Carey, Roger Ryan, Mark Ryan, Mike Baker, Katy Stevens, and Aaron McCarthy.
As was the case for the past two such events, this year’s James Stevens Memorial is fundraising for the East Cork Rapid Response (ECRR). In excess of €8000 was raised over two previous events, which helped the ECRR in purchasing a ZOLL defibrillator response vehicle.
East Cork Rapid Response is a voluntary service which supplements the ambulance service by providing emergency pre-hospital care on par with ambulances at serious emergency medical incidents such as cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions and other traumas such as farm accidents. ECRR is run on a voluntary basis with the medical equipment and maintenance for the response car funded by public donations and all personnel working without pay.