The annual Kilkenny College Transition Year Tractor Run was held on Thursday last, raising over €3,500 in the process, as reported by the Kilkenny People.
The annual fundraiser was organized by a group of TY students in the college, which was fronted by Louise Tracey. The chosen charity for the tractor run was the Bishop’s Appeal, with Bishop Michael Burrows in attendance on the day.
There were forty tractors involved in this year’s event, which was described as “wonderful” by Bishop Burrows.
One of the organisers, Louise Tracey, said the event would not have been possible without all of the support they received in the run up.
“This would not have been possible without help from many people. JVW Transport have been very good to us for the last six years allowing us to gather safely and depart from their yard. Kilkenny Gardaí Community Policing Unit have again supported us. I like to thank an Garda Aidan Fitzpatrick and Garda Andrew Neill for their help.", she said at the conclusion of the event.
Included in the run were forty tractors in total, which also included a vintage Marshall Steam engine from 1912.
The group of tractors took in 16kms in total. They took off from the college along the Carlow road before heading down the ring road. They then headed a small distance down the Castlecomer Road, before making their way back to the college.
Here they were greeted with a large crowd to welcome them, with a number of students also on hand on the day to help out.
The winner of the Hegarty Transition Year Tractor Run Cup this year was David Lewis. Judges on the day were William Hutchinson, Robin Wallace and Bryan Daniels who are all past pupils of the College.
The girls and boys raised €3,751.56 in total, with all funds going to The Bishop’s Appeal.