Local tractor run raises vital funds for Crumlin

Forget the economic woes – when the cause is right, communities will always respond.

Forget the economic woes – when the cause is right, communities will always respond.

The seventh annual CTCR Ballyragget Classic Charity Run is once again testament to the wonderful support shown to army of volunteers across the counties of Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois and Offaly. The organisers would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all who contributed, with an impressive €18,004 collected en route for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

Gerry Culley, community fundraising manager of the children’s hospital, was in the Canon Malone Hall in Ballyragget last Thursday to accept the wonderful donation.

“In the name of the little patients, I want to express sincere gratitude to all involved in this community event,” he said.

“It’s largely because of support like yours that enables us to be in a position to provide quality of care to all who avail of our services. This money, at your request, will go into the research department, where important work continues in the areas of cancer, diabetes and obesity.”

The tractors embarked on their voyage in July of this summer. Their route was Ballyragget, Castlecomer, Carlow, Athy, Stradbally and then Tullamore, where they stayed overnight.

Along the way, in every town, people gave generously. When they got back to Ballyragget, there was a charity auction and cabaret night, which raised further funds.

“Our fundraising is by and large focused in the areas of cancer and cardiac facilities,” said Mr Culley.

“St John’s Ward has been completely refurbished, and a 25-bed single unit is underway for cardiac sufferers. In all, some €8 million is being invested. Continuous improvement is key to patient care and in June 2013 work on a brand new bone marrow unit will commence.”

Finally, Mr Culley extended an open invitation to all involved in the fundraising to visit Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children to see firsthand how well the money raised was being spent. To date, CTCR Ballyragget Classic Charity Run has raised over €200,000 for the hospital, and great credit is due to all involved.