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Major New Corporate Support To BBE
Zurich & Arachas Bike Sponsorship Handover

Zurich Insurance and Arachas Corporate Brokers Donate New Motorbikes To Replenish Our Aging Fleet

On Thursday the 27th of July, 2017, BBE were delighted to officially receive two fully sponsored motorbikes in a combined sponsorship between Zurich Insurance and Arachas Corporate Brokers.

The launch of the motorbikes took place at one of our busier hospitals, St. Vincent’s in Dublin. A fitting venue and one these motorbikes will be making regular trips to. A number of our volunteers turned out to mark the occasion and a lot of “ooohs” and “aaahhhs” were heard!

A special thanks must go to Billy Redmond, Director in Arachas (and himself a BBE Volunteer Rider), and Colm Blake, Marketing Manager in Zurich Insurance, who not only helped to make this amazing donation a reality, but also attended the hand-over event and made it a very special day for BBE.

A final thanks must go to our very own Paul McCann (Fleet Manager) who worked so diligently to prepare these motorbikes for service. The bikes needed to be sprayed white, full decals applied and emergency lighting fitted. Paul’s many hours of work delivered an exceptional end result. Thank you Paul.

Below is a gallery of various images from the event, with some detail. At the bottom of the page is the official Press Release for this incredible donation.


Press Release:

Zurich Insurance and Arachas Corporate Brokers Donate New Motorbikes to Volunteer Charity Blood Bikes East

New bikes will help cater to emergency medical transportations across Greater Dublin


27th July, 2017 – Leading insurer Zurich has teamed up with nationwide insurance brokerage Arachas to support the replacement of Blood Bikes East’s road fleet through the donation of two brand new, fully modified motorbikes.

The first bike is a Kawasaki GTR 1,400cc, which is needed to support BBE’s growing demands for long distance linkups with their Blood Bike partner groups across the country. The second motorbike is a Honda Deauville 700cc, which will be used for city-wide transports. Both motorbikes will officially hit the roads in August and will replace older motorbikes which have reached the end of their usable life-spans.

Commenting on the announcement, Colm Blake, Marketing Manager, Zurich Insurance said, “We, along with our partners in Arachas, are delighted to support such a vital and worthwhile cause. Blood Bikes East has played a key role in helping the health service to save countless lives over the years as well as simply allowing our hospitals to help more people with their available funds. We were therefore determined to ensure that they have all the tools they need to continue delivering their amazing service long into the future.”

Pat Crawford, Chairman of Blood Bikes East, adds, “Our service relies entirely on the generosity of others, be it our volunteers who ride the bikes and manage the administration of the charity to those who donate their hard-earned money to keep the service going. However, it is the generosity of companies like Zurich and Arachas that make the biggest difference to our service as our day-to-day fundraising efforts would simply not cover the replacement of fleet vehicles with these amazing additions.”

Blood Bikes East collects and delivers a wide range of items including blood products, breast milk, medical products, medication, samples for testing, test results and transplant-related tissue. Since its establishment in 2013, the voluntary charity has provided an essential service to hospitals across Dublin and surrounding areas, and will make its 10,000th completed medical transport before the end of August 2017 and saving the region’s health services approximately €300,000 per year.

Zurich is one of Ireland’s leading insurance companies providing a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. The company employs over 1,000 people across its locations in Dublin and Wexford. Zurich in Ireland is part of Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich), a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 54,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 210 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872.

Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd is one of Ireland’s leading independently owned insurance brokerages, and provide the following services:

  • Provide the highest level of service
  • Conduct meaningful research in cooperation with specific sectors of the business community
  • Develop market customised insurance products
  • Offer competitive premiums and market leading cover.


With office locations in Dublin, Cork and the South East, Arachas employs over 140 insurance, risk management and Financial planning specialists. The investment undertaken by Arachas in people and infrastructure ensures the team have the support they need to deliver meaningful and cost-effective insurance and financial planning solutions for business and corporate clients.




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