Laois Hospice and St Francis School helped out by Camross truck & tractor run

Lynda Kiernan

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Laois Hospice and St Francis School helped out by Camross truck & tractor run

The presentation of €3,000 to Laois Hospice

A night-time truck and tractor run from Camross in Laois last November, has resulted in two big donations to good causes in Laois.

The run raised a handsome €3,000 each for St Francis School, and for Laois Hospice, with the remainder raised going to Camross Parish.

The school is for children with special needs in Portlaoise. School principal Malachy McNulty said he was delighted to accept the cheque from the committee recently.

“We, at St Francis, are particularly delighted to accept €3000 from the fundraiser, and we are thankful to the organising committee for choosing our school as co-beneficiaries.” the principal said.

The money will go towards extra curricular fun for the almost 100 boys and girls at the school, which is in line to move to a new building in Portlaoise next September.

“It is our intention to use these much needed funds for extra curricular activities for all of our classes in our final term this year,” Mr McNulty told the Leinster Express.

The evening tractor and truck run was held for a second year, and got a great response, with a committed local group ensuring that it ran smoothly.

It comprised of the run itself, followed by a barbecue and live music by Turas, and a monster raffle in Bergin's Camross Inn.

Another €3,000 was donated from the organisers to Laois Hospice, which provides free palliative nursing care to Laois people in their homes.

A final €650 was presented to Patsy Ryan who accepted it on behalf of Camross parish, all at a presentation night in Bergin's.

"It was a great success again and we would like to thank everyone for the support," the Camross Charity Truck & Tractor Run committee said afterwards.

Below: the cheque presentations to St Francis School, and Camross parish.