Sunday 25 August 2019

Tractor Run raises funds for charity

The second annual Brian Fortune Memorial Tractor Run has raised almost €3,500 for local charities.

Having been ran on June 23 the proceeds from the event were subsequently divided between Pieta House Wexford, who received €2,413, and New Ross River Search and Rescue, who received €1,000.

Brian's sister, Debbie Fennell, explained why they had chosen these charities, 'We chose Pieta House because they're close to home, and we had them last year also. New Ross River Search and Rescue depend entirely on donations so they're always grateful, it meant a lot to them to get the money.'

Mr Fortune died in tragic circumstances in 2014 and the Tractor Run was set up to both preserve his memory and to raise money for some good causes. This year's run saw the participants

travel from Glenmore GAA pitch down to the village and over the N25 fly-over before making their way to Slieverue. From there they made their way back towards the starting point over the Mountain Road.

Upon its conclusion all those involved gathered at the Glen Bar for refreshments and some live music. Refusing to single any one person out for their contribution Debbie said that the organising of the event had been a group effort and that all those involved deserved to be applauded for their work. 'Everybody helped out on the day, their efforts were fully appreciated. We don't want Brian to be forgotten, it's good to see he's still held in such high esteem.

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