Tractors to Mobilise in Campaign to Help Rose Bloom on Sunday in Ballymac

At Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant in Ballymacelligott on Sunday morning for the announcement of the coming Sunday’s Help Rose Bloom Tractor Run. Included are: Shane Godley (left) with Thomas, Kate, Rose and Karen O’Flaherty, Joan Glover and Paul Horan. Back row from left: James Godley, Pat Mangan, Colm Clifford and George Glover. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Little Rose O’Flaherty (left) and her sister Kate with their parents, Karen and Thomas (left) receiving a cheque for E6,237 from members of the Kerry Vintage Vehicle and Classic Car Club which is the proceeds from its 11th annual run on August 8th last. Club members making the presentation include: Tony Hehir, Joan and George Glover and Paul Horan. The presentation was made at the announcement of details of next Sunday’s tractor run from Ó Riada’s in Ballymacelligott – also in aid of the Help Rose Bloom campaign.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

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.

Further Information

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:

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