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Tractor lovers urged to light up for local charities

A TEAM of young East Clare men are hoping to provide a ray of hope this Christmas for families and individuals affected by the stress of cancer and mental heath issues.

Tomás Meade from Quin has joined forces with five friends, all former pupils of St Flannan’s College, to get the Light the Way light photo competition under way in aid of Milford Hospice and Pieta House.

The return to Level 5 restrictions put paid to plans to hold a tractor and truck run and the lads are now urging tractor and truck lovers around the county to light up and send them photos of decorated vehicles of all kinds.

“This year has been really tough for so many people and very hard for people anyone going through cancer treatment,” said Tomás, an Automotive Engineering student at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT). “Mental health is another issue that affects the whole community and a lot of people have been suffering this year.”

The organising team, all of whom have been affected by cancer, also includes Kevin Clohessy, Shane O’Halloran, Eoin Burke, Gary Keane and Seán Hegarty. “We’re from Doora-Quin, Ballyea and Ennis and are friends since St Flannan’s,” explained Tomás. “We’re all 18 and 19 and the restrictions have been tough this year, but we decided we might as well do something positive for people and we’re hoping they’ll get behind the fundraiser.”

There will be prizes for the Best Lit Up Tractor and Truck, as well as three prizes for those who donate. Everyone who donates on
Gofundme.com, (search for Light the Way) will automatically entered into the draw, which will be held at the end of January.
Photos can be emailed to light.the.way.2021@gmail.com or shared to @LighttheWay2021 on Facebook.

More information is available from Tomás on 085-2809238 or Gary on 085-2835001.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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