Saturday 24 February 2018

Yates calls 'all aboard' as charity gears up for week-long fundraiser

Ivan Yates with seven-year-old Emily Fitzsimons from Naas
Ivan Yates with seven-year-old Emily Fitzsimons from Naas

Sam Griffin

It's full steam ahead for a charity fundraiser that will see old engines traverse the country over seven days to raise funds for spina bifida and hydrocephalus sufferers.

Around 22 old steam engines, some brought in from the UK, will depart Naas, in Co Kildare, on Saturday and travel along the old N7 road roaring into Cork seven days and 130 miles later on May 29.

The event, called the 'Steam Run Naas to Cork' is being organised by the Irish Steam Engine Owners' Association.

The convoy will stop off at a number of towns and villages along the route.

The drivers will live in their wagons on the road over the week, and their machines can be viewed by the public.

It is also intended that the engines will visit schools on the route to give the children a taste of their agricultural heritage.

Broadcaster Ivan Yates was on hand to promote the event for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, which represents 3,000 primary members and their families nationally.

A €2 donation can be made by texting SBHI to 50300.

Irish Independent

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