Students organise Tractor Run for Hospice in memory of lost loved ones

Over 60 tractors took part at the St. Brigid's College TY charity tractor run, Loughrea in aid of Galway Hospice and organized by students Cormac Porter and Alex Burns who lost family members to Cancer. Photo: Hany Marzouk

TWO Transition Year students at St. Brigid’s College, Loughrea – whose family lives were impacted upon by cancer – are on target to raise well over €5,000 for Galway Hospice after a hugely successful Tractor Run last Sunday.

Cormac Porter from Killimor and Alex Burns from Loughrea town, started chatting at the start of their TY year about undertaking a fundraising project that would in some way say thanks to the Galway Hospice for the kindness and care shown to their families over recent years.

Alex Burns lost his mum, Noreen (originally Earls from Bullaun) when he was just four-years-old while at the other end of the generation spectrum, Cormac Porter saw the wonderful work done by Galway Hospice when caring for his late grandfather, Christy Porter.

“We talked about doing something for Hospice at the start of Transition Year and we both felt that we wanted to give something back for the great help and kindness that they had shown to our families.

“The Tractor Run seemed like a good idea and we got great support from the school, including our teachers and colleagues. The Gardaí, local businesses, the Order of Malta and the Bike Marshals were just some of the many people who helped us out,” Cormac Porter told the Connacht Tribune.

Over 50 tractors took part in the event completing the 55km. journey last Sunday afternoon that started and ended in Loughrea while taking in Killimor, Kiltormer, Mullagh, Kilrickle and Bullaun along the way.

By Sunday evening, the duo’s fundraising effort had raised over €5,000 and they expect that figure to shoot up further through this week.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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