What started out as a simple conversation between John Corley, and Brendan Colgan Kilkelly last September 2017 to stage a Charity Tractor Run, turned out to be one of the biggest Tractor Runs in the Country. Tractor enthusiasts from various regions joined John and Brendan and with all hands on board a phenomenal amount of money of €96,424.00 was raised. The team worked endlessly, bringing the tractor to different venues, selling tickets at every event, to make this a success story. The €96,424 00 was divided equally between the two beneficiaries.
€48,212 was raised for CMRF Crumlin, the fundraising body for Our Lady’s Hospital, 802 children from Mayo were cared for at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in 2017.A spokes person for Crumlin wrote “We’re just overwhelmed with the amazing support from the Dublin2Mayo tractor run.” Lisa-Nicole Dunne, CEO of CMRF Crumlin, said. “We have so many amazing supporters from the Mayo community. The positive contribution they make is life-saving. In 2017, 802 children from Mayo came through the doors of Our Lady’s. Thanks to our fundraisers, we were able to offer them and their families wraparound services and help deliver faster diagnosis, better care, gentler treatment and more positive outcomes. We believe that every sick child deserves every chance. The work that we do wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive from amazing donors and fundraisers, like the hero fundraisers who arranged the Dublin2Mayo tractor run.”.
€48,212 was also raised for the Special Care Baby Unit in Castlebar. Professor Michael O’Neill and his staff was absolutely delighted with the donation . He said that it will make a great difference to the Unit. The monies raised for both hospitals went to life-changing piece of equipment called The Masterscreen PFT. The Masterscreen PFT System (Pulmonary function testing) is a piece of equipment that tests lung functions for all respiratory and general patients in the hospital which will benefit over 2,500 sick children annually. The equipment will provide services to little patients being treated for Cystic Fibrosis, orthopedics, general respiratory, oncology, immunology, rheumatology, neurology, allergies and cardiac problems.
Our Hero Fundraisers haven’t stopped there. This year Extreme Tractor Runs are running another Dublin2Mayo Charity Tractor Run on April 19th and 20th 2019. The beneficiaries this year is the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire, Children and Paediatrics Mullingar and the Childrens Special Care Unit, Castlebar and the main prize is a Massey Ferguson 135. Their main sponsor this year again is Communicare/Healthcare.