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Pictured at Treacy’s The Heath for the launch of the Laois Vintage annual road run that is taking place on Saturday 13 August were: John O’Rourke (kneeling), Noel Ryan, Marcus Moynan, Eddie McEvoy, Lionel Gyves, Tom Treacy (president of Laois Vintage), and Seamus McDonald
Photo: Michael Scully

By Joe Barrett

WHAT began as a simple once-off idea to hold a vintage run and in the process raised £10,550 (€13,395.74) is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Laois vintage run first took place 1997 to raise funds for Laois Hospice. Since then, it has raised a staggering €764,000. This year, the organisers are hoping to smash through the €1 million mark.

The event takes place on Saturday 13 August from Tracey’s bar and restaurant at The Heath.

The organising committee said that while they are all mindful of the financial pressures presently being faced by many, it is again appealing to people’s generosity in whatever way they can for this worthy charity.

For its celebratory 25th anniversary run, the committee feels it is appropriate to remain within the county. The vintage car route will wind its way on a scenic drive through the Slieve Blooms and its surrounds, with an official stop-off at Camross. For the shorter drive for tractor enthusiasts, they have organised a leisurely drive to Mountrath, with a stop-off at the Deadman’s Inn, before returning to Treacy’s via Portlaoise.

All vehicles will return to Treacy’s between 3.30-4pm, where there will be complementary meals, hosted by the Treacy family, and commemorative plaques will be presented to all those who have taken part in the run.

The committee would like to assure its sponsors and supporters that all monies raised by Laois Vintage will be donated directly to Laois Hospice. Members of the public who give generously can also be confident that each donation received will go solely and exclusively to Laois Hospice care.

Completed entry forms can be forwarded to Noelle Graham, Brockley House, Brockley Park, Stradbally, Co Laois, tel 086 8189204.

Those who have not joined the run in the past or have not received an entry form are welcome to join in the run with a donation on the day towards Laois Hospice.

Also, for those who wish to donate electronically, the committee has added an iDonate QR code fundraising system. Those wishing to donate this way can do so by scanning the code from the Laois Vintage Facebook page or from the many posters being displayed in your area.


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