Tractor Run to raise much needed funds for local charity

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A tractor run in aid of local children’s cancer charity Hand in Hand is expected to be the biggest event in its three-year history.

Last year’s event was a huge success despite extremely snowy conditions and this year, on 17 February, the organisers are expecting an even greater turnout.

The event will begin at the Athenry Mart where tractors can register between 11.30am and 12.30.

The tractors will then leave Athenry Mart at 1.00pm.

An entry fee of €20 per tractor is required and all proceeds will go to Hand in Hand, the children’s cancer charity.

Ruairi Gallagher, organiser of the East Galway Tractor Run commented: “With this year being the third year in a row that we have organised this event we are expecting it to be bigger than ever.

“Last year the event was a huge success even in the snow! So far, we’ve raised almost €5,000 for Hand in Hand, the local Children’s Cancer Charity.”

Laura Bromley, Fundraiser at Hand in Hand added: “We are so pleased these incredible lads have chosen to support Hand in Hand again this year and organise this mammoth event.

“All the money raised by this event goes directly towards helping families with a child undergoing cancer treatment.

 “Last year, this event was a huge success and it even made the front page of the Irish Times! So many of the local community come out to support the organisers and this event on the day– Ruairi Gallagher, Cormac Hurney, Michael Buckley and Michael O’Connell. It really is a great day out for all with or without snow!”

Hand in Hand works alongside professional services suppliers across the country to provide practical supports with childcare, domestic cleaning, household laundry, and family meals.

The aim is to allow families to spend precious time with their child who is undergoing cancer treatment through the provision of these essential support services.