Martin Tuohy and his family run a contracting operation in Borrisokane in Co. Tipperary, Toohey Agri.
The team behind the contracting venture kept themselves busy during winter months, by setting up their annual Agricultural themed Christmas lights display in aid of charity, as originally reported by us here.
This year marked the eighth year that the family set up their impressive display, with last year’s effort the first organised in aid of charity.
“We never really done it for charity up until last year and then last year we did it for a young lad beside us, we work for his father, he has Transverse myelitis and we said we would see if we could raise a few pound for him. It went very well” Martin Toohey explained to That’sFarming.
The first fundraising event last year saw the team raise in excess of €4,000, while this year’s display was set up in aid of the Autistic Centre in Cloughjordan National School.
“My brother's girlfriend works in the Autistic centre in Cloughjordan school, so we said we would try raise some money for that.” Martin said to Kevin.
“Last year we raised about €4,000 roughly.”
The team set up a donation box at the Xmas light display outside the Toohey household in Borrisokane, with all welcome to visit and show their support. The team didn’t stop their charitable efforts at just the Christmas light display either, as they also held a further fundraiser in Jimmy Grace’s pub in Borrisokane on Saturday night, January 5th, raising €580 in the process.
This brought the total raised by the team this year to €1,825, with €1,244 collected at the donation box at the Toohey household. The team then presented the total earnings to the staff of the Cloughjordan national school at the recent event in Jimmy Grace’s pub.
“Once again Thanks to everyone for your generous donations and also to all the lad and lassies who put the display together.” Said organisers.
“The Money will be put to good use in the Autism Unit in Clough.”