16 May 2022

Offaly vintage club 'delighted to be back in the driving seat'


Faile Vintage Club have launched their 2022 tractor run

FAILE Vintage Club members are delighted to be back in the driving seat. Covid 19 restrictions have meant no tractor runs for 2020 or 2021. So in 2022, its back with a bang.

This year the charities to benefit are Irish Wheelchair Association, Balinagar and Offaly Hospice. The run will take place on Sunday 13th March with registration from 9.30am outside Seerys, Daingean. The run will move off at approx. 12.30pm from Daingean to Rahugh via Killians Cross. There will be refreshments and music outside Seerys during registration and the party atmosphere will continue at The Hazel Rahugh with more music and refreshments and also an auction. Registration cards have been issued to both charities so all support is very much appreciated.

Josephine Kenny (Services Co Ordinator IWA) was delighted the IWA have been selected by FAILE Vintage Club. During covid, the IWA continued to provide services to approx. 45 people over a four day period in the Balinagar Centre. They also provide outreach supports and provide a wide range of activities – Creative Writing (LOETB), Computer training (BTTC), Arts & Crafts, Bingo, Cards and Horticulture to name a few. The money raised will provide the deposit needed to support an application for Car Funding. Accessible transport is vital for the IWA.

Ned & Mary Smyth are well known for their lifelong support of Offaly Hospice. They were on hand, along with Breda Grace, to promote the Tractor Run. Offaly Hospice has always provided services for patients and their families. In recent years they have also launched the Midlands Hospice Building Fund. This is a major project to provide Midlands Specialist Palliative Care Unit in the midlands.

Both charities appreciate and need the support. The FAILE Vintage Run is a great family day out and Roger Scally (Chairperson) said he is delighted to be back fund raising. The committee members put a lot of effort into organizing the run but it is the continued support from the participants, the charities and their supporters that make it such a great event.

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