One of the biggest annual vintage road runs in Laois is about to take to the road again, all in aid of the Laois Hospice Foundation.
Laois Vintage Limited is gearing up for its 23rd Sponsored Road Run, a popular event which has raised a whopping €899,626 for the charity over the years.
This year the Sponsored Road Run takes place on Saturday, August 18 from Treacy’s Restaurant and Bar in The Heath, at 10 am.
There will be two eyecatching spectacles for roadside viewers, with both a vintage car run and a tractor run on the day.
The car run will be visiting Lullymore Heritage Park in Rathangan, Kildare.
The park is the only venue in Ireland offering a comprehensive insight into the peatlands of Ireland and the people who have lived around them for millennia.
For their tractor run the committee has organised what they report is a very popular return visit to Mountmellick, with an official stop at Turley’s Pub for some light refreshments.
All vehicles will return to Treacys between 3.30 pm and 4 pm.
There complimentary meals will be served, and special commemorative plaques distributed to each participant.
The committee treasurer is Noelle Graham. She credits its success to a host of supporters.
“This success could not have not 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,” she said.
The treasurer emphasises that every cent always goes to the charity.
“As always, we like to assure our sponsors and supporters that all monies raised by Laois Vintage Ltd will be donated directly to Laois Hospice, and members of the public who give so generouslycan also be confident that each and every donation received will go solely and exclusively to Laois Hospice care,” Ms Graham said.
The official closing date for entry to Laois Vintage Road Run is Friday, August 3.
All completed entry forms are to be forwarded to Ger Whelan, Clonkean, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise. He can be contacted at 087 2530124.
Those without an entry form are still welcome to take part in the rally, but they are encouraged to make a donation on the day to Laois Hospice Foundation.
The Road Run was officially launched this week at The Gandon Inn, scroll through the photos in our gallery by Michael Scully.