A DEDICATED bunch of Rathdowney fundraisers have got their engines revved up for a major charity event. The local branch of the Irish 66ers are holding a rock weekend in July for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital and ahead of the event, a fundraising launch took place in Corcoran’s of Rathdowney.
Jimmy Maher, Eugene Keeshan, Joe Corcoran and Padraig O’ Malley are four of the local Irish 66ers, a motorcycle club that for the past number of years has made the trip along America’s legendary Route 66 to raise money for the children’s hospital. The quartet are planning to make the trip themselves in October 2012 and in preparation for this the group have begun fundraising. On Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, they are holding a rock weekend in the Ossory Showgrounds, with numerous bands, a family fun day with a roast pig barbecue, tug of war, bucking bronco, face painting and much more. There will be camping facilities both nights and food served all day on site with a full bar, with one and two-day tickets available.
Last Friday’s launch in Corcoran’s saw just under half the expected number of sponsors turn up, although organiser Jimmy Maher told the Leinster Express that normally there’s a great response and support should increase as the weeks progress.
“We’re loosely known as the organising committee but we always rope in the whole town,” Jimmy said. “We want to thank all our sponsors on Friday night, as well as the Lost Souls motorcycle club who have helped out in a big way.”
Jimmy explained that members of the Irish 66ers, who have raised a million and a half euro for Temple Street to date, will arrive in Rathdowney from all over the country for the rock weekend and Jimmy and his pals will be providing accommodation for them free of charge.
It is this generosity of spirit that is guaranteed to ensure the group’s rock weekend is a roaring success, and anyone who wants to learn more about this worthwhile cause should visit the website www.templestreet.ie.