The second series of fundraising events organised by vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts to help victims of the winter floods raised more than €8,000 over the weekend 16-17 January. Four events were held and more are due to take place over the coming months.
In Co Donegal, the Mid-West Vintage Club raised almost €3,000, while two tractor runs brought in €1,830 from Tipperary Town and €3,100 from Littleton. A coffee morning in Thurles brought in more than €300, bringing the total amount raised to €8,230.
Further events are planned, including a tractor run at Belmont, Co Offaly organised by the Rashina Vintage Club & Liosdearg Vintage Clubs on 7 February. Interested parties can call Tom Dunican on 087 270 5074. A bike run will also be held at Littleton in March.
The events are being organised by vintage tractor enthusiast Michael Fahey who has been supported by his friend Justin Roberts. Michael raised nearly €2,500 in December after auctioning off one of his vintage collection at Paul Cooke Auctions in Naas, Co Kildare.
Michael, who has been raising charitable funds for many years, was moved by the images of flood-affected householders in the media when Storm Desmond first struck in early December. So he began fundraising for the Irish Red Cross Storms and Flood Appeal with his friend Justin.
“There was so much effort put into the weekend by so many people that it’s impossible to name them all. However, Jack Leonard and Steve Thornton did so much good work in bringing the volunteers together in Tipperary Town that they deserve a special mention, as do Pat Buckley at Thurles and Dan Moy in Donegal who did a tremendous job at Ardara in raising €3,000 at such short notice,” Mr Roberts said.