The much coveted 4X4 Challenge’s Sophie Trophy is back in Granard this week after the team clinched the highest sponsorship for 2012.
No stranger to Granard, the Sophie Trophy has spent four out of its five years in Co Longford in the north Longford parish and this year it has been established that over €40,000 was raised for charity.
The 4X4 Challenge is an annual event that aims to raise some much needed funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital and it was the local team that contributed greatly on this occasion. “Team Feely have pledged €5,000 to Temple Street and are the biggest fundraisers for the third time,” David Feely told the Leader. “The Sophie Trophy for the highest fundraising team was introduced in 2007 to encourage teams to raise in excess of the minimum of €500, and in the last six years, the trophy has spent five years in the county and four in Granard, so it is a great achievement.”
Mr Feely went on to say that the achievement could not have been secured without the support of local people, who he said, have contributed enormously to the effort with each passing year.
“This achievement is a credit to the people of this area who support us every year in the event,” he added. “Without their support this would not be possible and this year, there was stiff competition for the Trophy because a team from Letterkenny pushed very hard to bring the accolade back to Co Donegal. But after a quick calculation and a few phone calls on Sunday evening I was able to commit to pledging €5,000 and we beat the opposition be a small margin.” There are still a number of sponsorship cards for collection and monies from these will further help to reach the €5,000 pledge.
www.mycharity.ie is still active for another three weeks, so those wishing to donate to this very worthwhile initiative, can do so online. “Special thanks is extended to everyone who supported us this year because without that support, none of this would have been possible,” Mr Feely continued. “The real winner in all this is Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and real praise goes to all our supporters and sponsors.”