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22 May 2022

Garda escort for convoy leaving Tullamore with vital supplies for Ukraine

Garda escort for convoy leaving Tullamore with vital supplies for Ukraine

Conor Jennings of Jennings Trucks, Bernard Longwood of Condron Concrete, Bernard Leavy of Ravenhills and not in the picture Brian Buggy of Buggy Transport will all set out from Tullamore next Monday

A massive effort by many volunteers over last weekend means there will be four trucks packed with vital supplies for Ukraine leaving Tullamore next Monday March 21 heading for the Polish/Ukrainian border.

Initially organisers were hoping to fill three trucks but due to the overwhelming generosity of the people of Tullamore and the surrounding area an extra truck has been added.

Condron Concrete, with driver Bernard Longwood, Jennings Trucks with Conor Jennings, Bernard Leavy of Ravenhills and Brian Buggy of Buggy Transport will set out on their journey at 3pm. They will be accompanied by a garda escort through Tullamore.

People are asked to turn out to show their appreciation for the donations of so many and to support the drivers and co-drivers. Organisers are also hoping that school children will be able to gather to cheer them on.

In addition to the food, water, bed clothes and other items packed onto the trucks, there will be 9 crates of medical supplies donated by Tullamore hospital for which John and the crew are very grateful.

An appeal for medicine was made by Ankelina and Natalia Oleksiiento from Ukraine, both of whom were volunteering at the rugby club last weekend. The mother and daughter arrived in Tullamore on March 4. Natalia’s parents are still in Ukraine and her mother is a diabetic and is running out of medication. They sought asthma and diabetic medication.

John Condron of Condron Concrete thanked all the volunteers who helped out at the rugby club over last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. ''There was a great happy atmosphere. There was music and businesses in the town donated sandwiches and other food. I want to thank them so much,'' said John. ''It was the people who came with their bags of items which were so touching as it was from the heart,'' said John.

He also thanked the volunteer best known as Alex from Furniture Direct. ''He was our logistics man, he packed everything and coordinated everything.''

He also thanked his own staff who volunteered their time to wrap items. In addition he thanked his sister Gina and friend Noelle for bringing collection buckets into shops to fundraise.

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