Cork businessman helps fund free transport for frontline health staff

Cork businessman helps fund free transport for frontline health staff

“A flash of genius” is how Pat Phelan described his brainwave to set up a partnership with car rental company GoCar to offer free transport to frontline staff working in hospitals across the country.

The entrepreneur has stepped up to support the healthcare staff that are fighting for lives every day in hospitals across Cork and beyond.

Pat, a co-founder of the SISU doctor-led aesthetic clinics, explained how the idea come to fruition.

Pat Phelan
Pat Phelan

“Sisu clinic is already involved in the Covid-19 marketing and messaging campaign nationwide and my partners James and Brian have returned to general hospitals to help out.” 

Mr Phelan saw a tweet from a nurse in Dublin who said that due to a change of schedule on the Luas, she would be spending a €100 travelling to and from work in taxis from now on.

“I just wondered how we could fix that,” Pat said, 

“So I reached out to GoCar, I tweeted them and they direct messaged me and the whole thing went faster than the speed of light.” 

Mr Phelan said he offered to pay the cost of the insurance for 100 of the GoCars if the company covered the cost of the car.

The car rental company agreed and within 24 hours the scheme was up and running offering free transport to all frontline staff working in hospitals nationwide.

“The offer is valid to anyone with a Hospital ID or an IMNO ID totally free of charge. All they have to do is email info@gocar.ie with their Driving Licence details and their Medical ID.” 

Pat said he was glad to be able to help out in this small way to make life that little bit easier for frontline staff who are working around the clock to save lives.

The businessman also said he was working on securing the entire Go-Car fleet of 300 cars for the purposes of frontline transport.

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