Event in memory of Gusserane man, who died in a freak accident in 2019, helps raise over €4,500 for the Irish Road Victims Association
More than €4,500 has been raised at a tractor build event in Ballycullane, attended by over 300 people on Sunday.
Held in memory of Gusserane man Michael (Mick) Kehoe – who was killed in a freak accident near Clonroche in February 2019 – his family were overwhelmed by the support they received within the community.
Mick (56) of Ballygarvan, was killed when he swerved to avoid fallen branches and a truck at Ballymackessy, only to strike the rear of the vehicle.
The Kehoe family held the fundraiser to raise money for IRVA (Irish Road Victims Association).
Donna Price of the IRVA spoke about the organisation at the start of the event.
Mick’s wife Paula said: “The weather was fantastic and we had an absolutely fabulous turn out.”
She thanked everyone who sponsored prizes and who made donations on the day.
“I didn’t think it would be so well supported. Tractor building was something Mick was very involved in. He had done a couple of fundraisers. It was something he always used to do for charities.”
Paula said between a ‘Keep Her Lit’ GoFundMe page and donations on the day, around €4,500 has been raised.
“We had a fantastic raffle, with wonderful prizes.”
With music by The Barrow Boys, food served from Power’s bar and Eugene French on the PA system with Des Redmond as MC, there was great fun.
The winning team assembled a tractor in an incredible 7+ minutes, an achievement Mick would have been proud of.
“Mick was definitely looking down on us,” Paula said, adding that a charity walk at the John F Kennedy Memorial Arboretum last year raised around €3,000 also.
“Our main aim is to let people know there is help there for someone after an accident. For the first six month or a year I could have done with talking to somebody. I just want to let people know there is a helpline.”
The IRVA helpline number is 086 863 4194.