More money than ever was raised this year by the participants of the Charity Road Run in Fisherstown. With less cash in many people’s pockets, over €3,000 was generously donated to Laois Riding for the Disabled, some of it from American tourists who were in the Fishermans Inn during the cheque presentation last week.
A group of 12 visitors from New Jersey had a quick whiparound amongst themselves and added €125 to the kitty, which along with an anonymous €50 from a gentleman in the pub, took the total over the €3k mark.
“This was a wonderful gesture by these people on a night out and it just goes to show even in these hard times people dig deep when it comes to charity,” said Anne Burke, co-organiser of the car run with her husband Tom for the past few years.
A total of 63 cars, motorbikes and tractors paid €20 each to take part in the run on March 4 which took them on scenic routes across Laois into Offaly, returning to Fisherstown, where refreshments were at the ready.
“We were delighted with the turnout, especially because the forecast gave snow and we thought no-one would turn up. It was great. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way,” said Anne, who has already pencilled in March 3 for next year’s run.
The money is a vital source of funding for Laois Riding for the Disabled, which gives horse riding lessons to people with disablities. Run by a team of volunteers, the classes help the riders to gain confidence and physical strength while having fun. Last year one of their members Joseph Kerr was awarded the title of Rider of the Year, to great celebrations at the club. Volunteers and riders are welcome to join the branch, who meet every Thursday at Stradbally Equestrian Centre.