Offaly Macra prepare for 2018 Tractor Run

An event that always draws a crowd

Justin Kelly

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Offaly Macra prepare for 2018 Tractor Run

L-R: Sarah Kelly, Emma Leogue, Steven Kelly, Eric Fletcher, Deirdre Colgan, Triona Dunne & Sinead Buckley.

Offaly Macra na Feirme are holding their tractor run on Sunday, May 27.

The tractor run leaves from Mucklagh Community Centre at 12.30PM with registration taking place from 11AM. All tractors vintage and modern are welcome.

The route will take in the areas of Mucklagh, Srah Road, Rahan, Screggan and return to Mucklagh Community Centre. There
will be refreshments and a raffle on the day for all participants, kindly sponsored by local businesses.

The tractor run will be taking place in aid of the local charity Offaly Hospice and Offaly Macra. Offaly Hospice Foundation Ltd. is a voluntary fundraising committee formed over 26 years ago to provide financial support for the Specialist Palliative Care Team that works in both the community and hospitals in County Offaly.

The Palliative Care team provide care for people at their end of life when the emphasis is gone from curing the patient to providing them with the best quality of life possible. Palliative Care uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families.

The team comprises of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with persons’ GP to provide an extra layer of support. The ultimate goal of Palliative Care is to allow patients live out their day’s symptom free with the best quality of life possible preferably in their own homes.

Offaly Hospice two main fundraisers every year are Sunflower Weekend in June and Coffee Morning in September. Between these two events Offaly Hospice usually raise approx €45,000 and as this figure is nowhere near the €191,000 needed each year they rely totally on the generosity and good will of individuals or groups to fundraise and donate to Offaly Hospice throughout the year.

This is why Macra have chosen to hold their tractor run this year in aid of Offaly Hospice. Offaly Macra na Feirme are a voluntary rural youth group for 17-35 year olds with 4 branches in Co. Offaly; Tullamore, Ferbane/Banagher, Killoughey and Rahan.

If you are interested in travel, sports, agriculture, drama, performing arts or getting involved in the community we would love to hear from you. Search Offaly Macra on Facebook or contact Steven on 086-3156073.

"We would greatly appreciate your support on Sunday May, 27 to raise funds for a very worthy cause. Looking forward to seeing you at Mucklagh Community Centre," Offaly Macra said.

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