Huge support for Tractor Run

Huge support for Tractor Run
One of the biggest tractor runs this region has ever seen took place at the weekend in honour of Mullahoran man, the late Martin Cadden.

One of the biggest tractor runs this region has ever seen took place at the weekend in honour of Mullahoran man, the late Martin Cadden.

Approximately 538 tractors turned out at Mullahoran’s GFC grounds last Saturday to remember the 22-year-old who was tragically killed in a road accident in New Zealand on January 2.

The event was a fundraiser for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

The sheer size of last weekend’s occasion left members of Martin’s family almost lost for words.

“We definitely expected to get 300 or over, but we had 538 (tractors) in the end,” said Martin’s sister, Mary who helped organise the mammoth event.

“Lads who were in New Zealand with Martin who were home came to it and there were lads who came from the UK too.”

The route, which took in parts of Kilcogy, Granard, Mullinalaghta and Gowna fittingly passed Martin’s homeplace in Loughduff.

There were poignant moments too, not least when all 538 tractors stopped at Granard Mart in a further reminder of the former Ardscoil Phadraig student’s passion for agriculture.

“The amount of people who stood out and watched was great to see,” said a delighted Mary. “You had young children out and old men sitting out looking at the tractors pass through.”

Mary said it’s too early to put a figure on what the events of last weekend raised.

She said the occasion is just one of many fundraising initiatives that have been planned or being readied over the coming months.

“We have a whole load of fundraisers in the US lined up too and we are expecting to get over €50,000,” she said.

To date the Kevin Bell Trust has helped repatriate the bodies of nine people who have lost their lives in sudden or circumstances abroad.

Mary Cadden says that they hope that funds raised will go towards helping other families who find themselves in the same terrible situation as her family .

“The way we look at it is we have such a good community here, we should be helping other families who may not be in such a fortunate position,” she explained.

“What this (Trust) does is it takes the financial cost or stress away from families.”

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