Tractor Run in aid of CanTeen

The run will begin at Drumlane GAA grounds, with registration for the event beginning at 11am.

A tractor run in aid of CanTeen Ireland will take place this Sunday (June 20) at 12 noon.

The run will begin at Drumlane GAA grounds, with registration for the event beginning at 11am.

Registration is €15 per tractor.

The run will leave Drumlane GAA carpark and travel towards Bakersbridge. Participants will then go on to the bypass towards the Belturbet roundabout, and at the roundabout tarvel for Ballyconnell and head for Ballyhugh Cross, passing Ballyhugh Hall where drivers can continue back to Drumlane GAA grounds.

“There will be marshals and signposts,” organiser Ellen Brady assured.

Ellen encouraged people to take part in the run, for which all donations will go towards CanTeen Ireland.

CanTeen Ireland is a nationwide support group for children and teenagers from the ages of 12-25 who have been affected by cancer.

“Anything at all would be greatly appreciated, it’s for such a great cause,” she says.

“CanTeen Ireland are so appreciative of everything that everyone does for them so it would be great if people could come out.”

Ellen adds: “We have goodie bags to hand out instead of refreshments,” Ellen said, explaining there will be “a cute little goodie bag” for everyone in the audience.”

Ellen is organising the event along with friend Chloe Fitzgerald, who availed of CanTeen Ireland’s services.

“I had Sarcoma.. it’s a bone cancer which I had in my pelvic bones,” Chloe explained.

Chloe developed cancer six years ago, at just 18 years of age.

“CanTeen Ireland is very close to my heart.. they helped me and supported me through and I made lots of new friends,” she said.

Canteen Ireland also provides support to the families of those who have been affected by cancer.

Chloe says the charity organises events for members like days to the cinema, bowling and trips abroad.

“We went to Disneyland there two years ago,” remembers Chloe, explaining that the charity helped her through a tough time in her life.

Sarcoma has left Chloe with short limbs, but she is happy, healthy and delighted to be able to give back to CanTeen Ireland.

She encouraged people to come out on Sunday to help support a brilliant cause.

The tractor run will take place in line with Covid 19 restrictions with sanitising stations, wearing of face masks and social distancing in place. Participants are encouraged to not leave their tractors unnecessarily.