Annual Bohernabreena Tractor and Vintage Run raises €22,000

By Aura McMenamin

A whopping €22,000 was raised during the annual Bohernabreena Tractor and Vintage Run earlier this month, with the money evenly split and donated between two causes with ties to the Tallaght community.

Cheques worth €11,000 were presented on Saturday night in St Anne’s GAA Club to Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in Harold’s Cross and Daniel’s Voyage, which raises money for Daniel Tighe who suffers from a genetic condition called Sotos Syndrome.

Tractor Run Cheque Prestation 02 17082017Eddie Grimes, John Murphy, Ann Julien (Hospice), Lee Grimes, Conor DeLappe and Mikey Collins in St Anne’s GAA Club

Donie Anderson is on the Tractor Run committee. The Glenasmole native spoke to The Echo about the event, which involved efforts from all over the community. He said: “There was a Field Day with stalls, a wheel of fortune, an auction of agricultural tools and a bucket collection.

“In total we raised €22,000 from people in the community and outside.”

The Tractor Run chooses a different charity to donate to each year, and Donie explained the committee’s motivation behind choosing Our Lady’s Hospice and Daniel’s Voyage.

He said: “The hospice is of course in Harold’s Cross, but many people in the community would have parents and family who relied on it.”

Ten-year-old Daniel Tighe from Kiltipper has a severe form of a rare genetic condition called Sotos Syndrome which has left him with abnormal growth impaired vision, limited mobility, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities. His parents Sinead and Keith created Daniel’s Voyage, hoping to raise €100,000 to safe-proof their home for when Daniel is older.

Donie said: “Daniel’s mother [Sinead] gave a great speech on Saturday and was very thankful.”

Mr Anderson thanked everyone who donated, as well as the Glenasmole and Bohernabreena civil defence for providing medical cover on the day and community gardaí that managed traffic.

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