AN IMPRESSIVE €12,000 was handed over to cancer support organisations last week, the proceeds of a Vintage Show and Family Day hosted by the newly formed Mid Kerry Vintage Society in August.
First up, committee members presented a cheque of €5,000 to staff members in the Oncology Unit of Kerry General Hospital and they later returned to Castlemaine Community Hall where two further cheques were presented.
A cheque for €5,000 was presented to Sean Prendergast and Mary Lynch from The Kerry Link which provides a vital bus service for cancer patients travelling to Cork University Hospital.
A further cheque of €2,000 was presented to Eileen Kennedy and Laura Collins of Recovery Haven, the Tralee based service that provides for cancer sufferers and their families.
"We were very happy to be able to hand over such a large amount and want to thank to everyone who helped raise this badly needed money," co-organiser and Castlemaine publican Pat Moriarty said after last week's presentations.
The successful show took place at Brackhill, Castlemaine and was attended by hundreds of motor enthusiasts as well as by families who simply enjoyed a worthwhile day out.
Donations were collected on the day thanks to raffles and other fundraising initiatives.
"Everybody we asked for gave something to us - it was a great community effort," Pat continued.
"We called a public meeting just before the event and 58 people turned up, so we made everyone a member of the newly formed Vintage Society," he said.
Brainchild of Denis Tangney who is recovering from cancer, the Castlemaine man said he came up with the idea following the death of his much loved wife, Sheila, from cancer.
Also assisting on the day were fellow organisers Mike McKenna from Firies and Brendan Dennehy from Castlemaine.
Meanwhile, plans are already underway for another show next year and the date is already pencilled in for August 25.