The tractor run “Tractors For Meningitis” was held in Cahir Mart in County Tipperary on Sunday the 16th of July.
It was organised in memory of a 20-year-old girl, Grainne O’Donnell, who tragically lost her life after a battle with meningitis. The community around her, her family and her friends were left in shock following her passing, and have held numerous fundraising events since, The tractor run being the latest venture.
The aim of the run is to raise awareness of the virus, and also raise money for the charity “Act For Meningitis”. To date her community have raised in excess of €20,000, though they hope to add a significant amount more with the weekends activities.
The tractor run itself took place from 12:30pm to 1:00 pm, and the group went from Cahir town heading out the Mitchelstown road. The group travelled down that road, towards the motorway as far as the roundabout, before returning to Cahir via the bypass and heading back to the Cahir Mart.
In total, the tractors will travel approximately 13-14 miles, and all are welcome to take part, even vintage car owners. Registration for all participants in the run began at 9a.m. and closes at 12p.m., while each participant was entered in a raffle with plenty of prizes up for grabs.