Dromara club adds to annual tractor run and fun day

Declan McCann (wearing Hospice t-shirt), Aidan McKay, and Joanne McEvoy with their children who are all involved in local sport.
Declan McCann (wearing Hospice t-shirt), Aidan McKay, and Joanne McEvoy with their children who are all involved in local sport.

Dromara Gaelic Athletic Club is all set to plough ahead with its third annual Tractor Run and Barbecue, this year featuring an associated Family Fun Day.

Now established as a firm favourite in the social calendar, the event has the added benefit of raising cash for charity.

Club members decided to suport the work of the Northern Ireland Hospice, much to the charity’s delight.

The event, on Sunday, August 23, will see tractors old and new assemble from 4pm at the club’s Castlewellan Road grounds, with the run itself due to get underway at 5pm.

It was the success of the event over the past two years that moved organisers to expand its scope and introduce the Family Fun Day.

Activities will start at 2pm.

The programme includes children’s races, face painting, novelty games, challenges and much more.

Added adult attractions this year include tractor and trailer reversing, tractor keg pushing and pitch & putt.

There will be a barbecue and refreshments available throughout the day.

Dromara GAC are extend ing a warm welcome to everyone .

Club chairman, Declan McCann, said: “We are excited about the Tractor Run and hope that it will be as successful as last year’s event.

“We would love to see local people come along and have a great day out while supporting the work that Northern Ireland Hospice do locally.”

Deirdre Melly, NI Hospice Community Fundraiser, added: “We are delighted that Dromara GAC have chosen to support Northern Ireland Hospice and what better way than to involve the local community.

“Our Community Nursing Team, based in Ballynahinch, provide emotional, practical, social and spiritual support to local people with serious illnesses and their families, at a time when they need it most.

“It costs £6m each year to run our services in the community and in our Hospice, temporarily at Whiteabbey Hospital.

“This new building, and the research and education that will be conducted here, will help us to shape the future of hospice care for the changing needs of our population.”

For more information about the event or Northern Ireland Hospice, contact Deirdre Melly on 07711377328 or email deirdre.melly@nihospice.org.