Michael was inspired by the support he received to continue with the fundraising which has so far reached a total of €13,403.
Written by Justin Roberts on behalf of Tractor Enthusiasts raising money for the Irish Red Cross Storm and Flood Appeal
The storms and floods of the past winter caused immediate havoc and required an immediate response and so it was that a group of tractor enthusiasts led by Michael Fahey of Littleton, Co Tipperary, got together to organise a series of events throughout Ireland to raise money to aid the victims of the extreme weather.
Having already raised €2,200 by donating a Ferguson TE 20 for auction Michael was inspired by the support he received to continue with the fundraising which has so far reached a total of €13,403, with an additional charity motorcycle ride planned for early March.
The first two tractor runs raised €5,488 between them and were held at Littleton (€3,658) and The Plaza, Tipperary town (€1,830), this latter being organised by the Tipperary Vintage Rally Committee. Another event held arranged by Daniel Moy of Ardara in Co. Donegal shortly afterwards brought in €3,185 while a similar run put on by the Rashina and Liosdearg vintage clubs near Athlone netted €4,750 from entrants and well wishers.
The money raised will be distributed to Irish Red Cross branches in the areas most affected by the storms and will go towards helping people whose houses were wrecked, belongings lost and lives totally disrupted by the floodwaters. The Irish Red Cross point out that it is after the waters have receded that the true extent of the damage becomes apparent and although there are some funds available from government sources to help put family life back together there is often a huge gap between what may be provided by the welfare department and what is actually required, and it is here that the Irish Red Cross step in to help alleviate the misery.
Michael Fahey would like to thank all the helpers that made the events such a great success and once expressed his admiration for all those working on the ground with the flood victims who, he feels, deserve the full support of the Irish people as they undertake the task of aiding the affected communities.
Pictured: Michael Fahey, Steve Thornton and Jack Leonard, with members of the Tipperary group who made it all possible, holding the cheque for presentation to the Irish Red Cross
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A huge thank you to all involved in raising €13,000 for the Irish Red Cross Storm and Flood Appeal.