The second instalment of a series of fundraising events organised by vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts to help victims of the winter floods raised more than €8,000 over the weekend (Jan 16-17).
Four events were held on Saturday and Sunday and more are due to take place over the coming weeks and months.
In Co Donegal, the Mid-West Vintage Club raised just under €3,000, while two tractor runs on Sunday in Co Tipperary brought in €1,830 from Tipperary Town and €3,100 from Littleton. A coffee morning in Thurles brought in over €300, bringing the total amount raised to €8,230.
Further events are planned including a tractor run at Belmont, Co Offaly organised by the Rashina Vintage Club & Liosdearg Vintage Clubs on February 7. Interested parties can call Tom Dunican on 087 270 5074.
A bike run will also be held at Littleton in March.
The events are being organised by vintage tractor enthusiast Michael Fahey who has been supported by his friend Justin Roberts. Michael raised nearly €2,500 in December after auctioning off one of his vintage collection at Paul Cooke Auctions in Naas, Co Kildare.
Michael, who has been raising charitable funds for many years, was moved by the images of flood- affected householders in the media when Storm Desmond first struck in early December.
So he began fundraising for the Irish Red Cross Storms and Flood Appeal with his friend Justin.
“There was so much effort put into the weekend by so many people that it's impossible to name them all. These sort of days simply would not happen without an army of folk to help with the traffic, make sandwiches, collect the money and many other tasks.
“However, Jack Leonard and Steve Thornton did so much good work in bringing the volunteers together in Tipperary Town that they deserve a special mention, as do Pat Buckley at Thurles and Dan Moy in Donegal who did a tremendous job at Ardara in raising €3,000 at such short notice,” Mr Roberts said.
Irish Red Cross head of Fundraising Danny Curran said there are substantial costs involved after flooding.
“The floods have led to a great deal of hardship and heartache for many as waters washed through homes and businesses destroying belongings, stock, furniture and fittings – as well as leaving a foul mess and a terrible stench.
“Irish Red Cross volunteers in many part of Ireland have been to the fore helping with flood defences, providing essential supplies and transport.
“But that is the first part of the operation. There is huge demand now for disinfectant, dehumidifiers and replacing damaged goods, as the extent of the damage becomes apparent,” Mr Curran said.
“Having been out with the Red Cross volunteers and seen how much good work they do in supporting people in difficult times, it’s good to know our efforts to raise funds bring comfort to the needy and dispossessed who's homes have been inundated with mud, water and often raw sewage.
“Giving strength to local communities so that they may rebuild and prepare themselves for any future crisis is an essential role in any society and we are blessed that the Irish Red Cross and other charities have such willing members to call upon in times of despair,” Mr Roberts added.