The Saoirse Foundation will celebrate the 4th Annual World Battens Day with a family fun extravaganza at The Kerry Way Killarney, from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday 7th June 2014.

Why not bring the whole family along for a great day of fun, entertainment and prizes galore?. Our World Battens Day celebrations will kick off with a 5K Family Fun Run in the Killarney National Park at 11am. There is still time to sign up for this great event, registration is at 9.30am that morning at St.Mary’s Cathedral. This will be followed by a prize giving ceremony music, bands and fun for all the family in The Kerry Way.

Entry is free for all the family. The event will feature live bands, there will be a best dressed bee competition.

Face painting, dancing and lots of events for all ages will make the day enjoyable for all the family. There will be ice-cream and bouncy castles for the little ones to enjoy.

If you want to get involved, sing, help out or get more information please call us on 083-0044444 or email us at

World Battens Day is not just about having fun and thanking all of the wonderful volunteers that have supported the organisation over the past number of years, but also to raise awareness of this cruel disease.  The world’s only interactive children’s ambulance BUMBLEance will be making a special visit on the day too. This service which is run by the Saoirse Foundation has been transporting sick children from Kerry and all over Ireland since its launch in September 2013.

There will be a wish balloon release to remember Saoirse, Liam, Aidan and Rhiannon and all special children at 3pm and anyone who can’t make it for this special event can take part by emailing and texting Buzz to 50300 to make a €4 donation.

This is one of the ways we say thank you to the people who support our charity! Bring as many friends as you wish!

BBQ food plus grub for all diets will be available!

Tony Heffernan, founder of Bee For Battens added:  “We are delighted to bring BUMBLEance to World Battens Day it is so important to thank all of our supporters and to raise awareness about children living with rare and genetic diseases. Our project Liams Lodge is now underway in Tralee and we know that it will also bring positive impacts to sick children and their families all over Kerry.