Charity truck run in Newbridge this Sunday for Coombe neonatal unit

All types of vehicles invited to take part

Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

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Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Charity truck run in Newbridge this Sunday for Coombe neonatal unit

Shane and Colin Kearney with Jessica and Brendan Noon at last year's charity truck run in Newbridge

There won’t be any snow threatening the Newbridge Charity Truck Run this year, as the event has been moved to next Sunday, July 31, starting out from Sarsfields GAA.

Last year, the run was held in March and there was snow in the preceding days which resulted in very cold, wintery conditions.

“Despite this, we still had 70 trucks taking part so we had great support, but we are hoping for a bigger crowd this year,” said one of the organisers, Miriam Ryan.

In order to avail of more pleasant weather and encourage more participants, the truck run was moved to the summer.

Last year, the event raised over €3,500 for the Jack and Jill Foundation and this year, the volunteers will be hoping to get a good response for The Friends of the Coombe Hospital's neonatal unit.

“We are hoping to get vehicles of all kind. Last year, many of the tractors couldn't really take part because of the weather and we are also hoping for more motorbikes and trucks,” added Miriam.

Vintage cars are also being invited to take part.

Registration takes place at 11.30am on the day of the run. There is no entry free and donations are welcome.

The route will include Milltown, Kildare, the Curragh, Newbridge, Naas and back to Sarsfields.

Afterwards there will be music, refreshments, a raffle and children’s entertainment on the day.

For further details, people can contact Brian Smith 086 3497681/Jack Kearney 087 2119937 (Trucks), Mocker Maher 087 2118676 and Robert Ivers 087 7475569 (Tractors).