The organisers of the fifth annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor / Vintage Run declared themselves delighted with the turnout at the starting line in Cordal on Sunday.
“We had 130 entries, mostly large tractors and about 15 cars at the start and the weather conditions were perfect really. We had some rain in Castleisland and coming back into Cordal – but overall it was good,” said a spokesperson for the ad-hoc group.
“We would like to thank all the participants who came to support the event on the day.We would also like to thank all the sponsors and stewards for their help and co-operation,” said the spokesperson.
The Black Banks
After leaving Cordal Community Centre the cavalcade headed for Paudie’s native Brosna town – out by the Black Banks and onto Ahane Cross.
They cut across Feale’s Bridge and home by Headley’s Bridge and Loughfouder. They got a drop of rain passing through Castleisland on the way home to Cordal. There were freshments served at the community centre and at Hughes’ Bar in Cordal afterwards.
University Hospital Kerry
“The Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor and Vintage Run members are very proud to be associated with the run in support of the Chemotherapy Unit at University Hospital Kerry,” said the spokesperson.
The Oncology/Chemotherapy Day Unit at the hospital is a five-day, Monday to Friday out-patient service. The service provides patient care to ensure that those who develop cancer receive effective and efficient nursing care and that their quality of life is enhanced to the greatest extent possible.
Support to Patients
The day unit service offers support to patients who experience complications arising from their cancer diagnosis and from the treatment by offering appropriate emotional, social and psychological support for patients and their families.
The unit treated over 4,000 patients in 2015. In the first six months of this year 2,500 patients attended University Hospital Kerry for cancer treatment.
Cheque Presentation Date
In order to expand the extent and scope of donations to this worthy cause, the organisers launched a GoFundMe page where donations can be made on-line. The account has been opened with the Castleisland branch of Tralee Credit Union and the account number is 56797.
The post run fund counting is still ongoing and a cheque presentation date will be announced in due course.
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