A group of vintage tractor enthusiasts are about to embark on a fundraising challenge driving their tractors from the Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal.
The run, which hits the road in June, is to raise funds for two charities, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund.
Titled, “The Long Way Home Vintage Run,” eight tractors from West Cork along with 15 tractors and some motorbikes from Kilmainhamwood Vintage Club, Co. Meath, will leave the carpark at Mizen Head on 2nd June and traverse the route over the following four days.
On the first day they travel onwards to Bantry, Kenmare, Killarney and overnight in Tralee. The second day will see them travelling through Listowel, Tarbert where they will board the ferry to Killimer and travel through Ennis before they overnight at Oranmore. On the third day they continue their progress northwards through Claremorris and onwards to an overnight halt in Donegal town. The fourth and final day will see them visit Letterkenny, Buncrana and onwards towards their objective at Malin Head.
Further details will appear on their Facebook page, “Long Way Home Vintage Run.”
Temple Street Children’s Hospital have a special place in the hearts of many families throughout the country and are always in need on monetary support for the great work they accomplish.
The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund also have a Facebook page, they have been involved in many repatriations and have been an incredible support to many families in their time of need.
The drivers will undertake the near 700km route on their restored vintage tractors which span an era of agriculture from the 1950’s to the late 1980’s. The vehicles have all been restored to concourse condition and are all a credit to their owners.
Some of the those taking part are no strangers to long distance runs in all types of weather, but they are hopeful of pleasant conditions for this long-distance route.
The participants are also open to offers of sponsorship for their endeavours and if a business is prepared to contribute and supply suitable signage (900mm x 900mm), it will be positioned favourably on a vehicle and the relevant business are assured of mentions and coverage on social media.
Please come out and support the participants on their route and give generously to their cause.
The Kilmainhamwood Vintage Club, recently presented a cheque for €26,000 to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and hope to raise much more from this event.
A fundraising car, truck, tractor and motorbike run is planned to take place on the Monday of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, (02/05/2022), commencing from the Fish Basket at the Long Strand. Castlefreke, Rosscarbery. All welcome to come and meet those involved and support the cause.Tags: