The Second annual Johnstown Truck and Tractor run took place on Sunday, November 25th, with all funds raised going to charity, as originally reported by us here.
This year’s event was held in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), with the idea for having a truck run in Johnstown first coined by organiser Damien Hawkes, who passed the IWA office in Kilkenny every day on his travels with work. He then mentioned the idea to good friend, Steven Hallisey and the pair began planning.
"I used to draw sludge in Kilkenny...I used to pass the Irish Wheelchair Association centre very regularly." Damien explained.
"I suffered from depression at the time and I wanted something to do. I got a notion one evening and put it up on Snapchat asking would anyone be interested in coming to a tractor run for the Irish Wheelchair Association and my phone didn't stop for the evening. That's how it all started. It kept me busy and it's for a good cause" he added.
The Event -
This year’s event kicked off at 1pm on the day, with tractors and trucks of all shapes and sizes in attendance.
A prize was given on the day for the best lorry, with Bernie Comerford taking the €120 prize. In keeping with the tune of the event, Bernie kindly donated all the money to the Irish Wheelchair Association.
This year’s event saw the team raise a total of €1,500 for their chosen charity, which equates to a quarter of fuel used in the year by the Irish Wheelchair Association in Kilkenny. This means that in two years of the truck and tractor run in Johnstown, Kilkenny, they have raised over €4,000.
“€1,500 was the final count of what was raised. That’s one-quarter of a year’s fuel used by Kilkenny Irish Wheelchair Association.” Damien told Kevin of That’sFarming.
“Thank you to everyone for coming out and showing their support.”
This is not the end for the charitable efforts of organisers either, as Damien Hawkes confirmed to That’sFarming that they will be back again next year, but for a different cause.
“We will be back next year, raising money for Cancer.” Damien said.
Watch the video below, by Kilkenny Agri Media, and see the events of the run itself!