Gearing up forLaois Vintage Road Run

Gearing up forLaois Vintage Road Run
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It's almost time to wash down the tractors and shine up the chrome, for the 21st annual Laois Vintage Road Run for Laois Hospice.

This year the popular road run takes place on Saturday August 13 at 10am, as is tradition setting off from Treacy's Restaurant and Bar on The Heath.

The tractor run will head to the pretty village of Camross, with a welcome break at Bergin's Pub for light refreshments.

Meanwhile the vintage car run is taking a leisurely spin to Tullamore Dew whiskey distillery this year.

All the vehicles will return to Treacys between 3.30 and 4pm, where complimentary meals will be served, and commemorative plaques will be presented to each participant.

Hospice supporters and vintage car fans are invited to come along and welcome the drivers back.

Since its inception in 1996, Laois Vintage Limited's road run has raised an impressive €831,712 for local hospice services such as palliative care.

“This success could not have been achieved without the help of our dedicated and numerous vintage enthusiasts, bucket collectors and sponsors, who each year give so generously of their time and money,” said President Ger Whelan.

The committee is keen to emphasise that every penny raised has gone directly to Laois Hospice Foundation.

“With so much bad publicity surrounding charities at the moment please be assured that all monies raised by Laois Vintage will be donated directly to Laois Hospice. Members of the public who give so generously can also be confident that each and every donation received will go solely and exclusively to Laois Hospice care,” Treasurer Noelle Graham said.

The club celebrated their charity run's 21st birthday at a funfilled launch night in the Gandon Inn on Friday July 8.

Over the past two months, they also held street bucket collections in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix and Mountrath, raising almost €17,500.

Participants are asked to register before Friday July 22, on entry forms forwarded to Chairman Ger Whelan, Clonkean, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, tel 087 2530124.

Drivers can also come along on the morning to join in, with donations to Laois Hospice greatly appreciated.