There was a gathering on Ó Riada’s yard again on Sunday morning and an announcement that another tractor run was being organised for the area on the coming Sunday morning, October 3rd.
The cavalcade of tractors will meet at Ó Riada’s from 10am for registration and will leave at 12 noon sharp.
Tractor Run Route
The route for the run will be: into Castleisland, Currow, Farranfore, Tralee and onto the finishing point at the Half-Way Bar in Ballymacelligott.
Last month’s Ballymac Vintage Car and Honda 50 Run on August 8th began with a ‘Cars and Coffee’ event at Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant.
This was the 11th such run and it has been a fund-raiser for a variety of Kerry based charities over the years. Vehicle owners in the qualifying categories flocked to Ó Riada’s yard every year – except last year.
Help Rose Bloom
The Help Rose Bloom fund-raiser is very close to the hearts of the organisers and participants this year.
It’s one which has united the sprawling parish more than any other in its illustrious and proud history. And it’s the very reason that Sunday’s extra run is being organised now.
Little Rose O’Flaherty’s smiling face on the ‘Help Rose Bloom’ posters and flyers is the motivating force for the mobilisation of the vehicles for these runs.
Rose’s Story to Date
Rose’s parents began to notice that she wasn’t meeting the milestones that their first child easily achieved at an early stage and they began to worry.
When they realised that she did not have the strength to hold her head or her upper body at a stage when most or all children would have been able to do so, when she struggled at weaning stage to take any solids and as she began to have recurrent chest infections by the age of four months, they began to further investigate why this was the case.
Testing and Treatment
Following comprehensive testing Rose was diagnosed at nine months with SNA type 1. Rose began her treatment of Spinraza shortly afterwards.
This diagnosis turned Rose’s, her parents’ and her family’s world upside down and, in one sentence, Rose’s future became very uncertain and a future that would depend on the support of her family, the medical profession and the community at large.
And that’s why the mobilisation of tractors will leave Ó Riada’s on Sunday at noon in a mass display of community solidarity to Help Rose Bloom and to reach her full potential.
Anyone who needs further information about the run is invited to ring: George Glover on: 087 2814545 or Paul Horan on: 087 6989878.
See four year old Rose’s story and the latest on her progress and treatments with a click on the link here: http://helprosebloom.ie/
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