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Christmas convoy road run to take place in Ballyroan on St Stephen’s Day in memory of Tom Kinsella

Tom Kinsella Memorial Run

St Stephen’s Day is a great day to get out and about to a local event – and in Ballyroan this year, the Tom Kinsella Memorial Christmas Convoy Road Run will take place.

And as in previous years it will again be a fundraiser for the Laois Hospice home care team. Last year the event raised a record €10,000 and the organisers are hoping for a similar figure this time around.

Vintage and modern, tractors and trucks – all are welcome. Registration is from 11am in the Ballyroan GAA grounds with the road run to get underway at 12 noon. Refreshments will be provided afterwards in Whelan’s bar in Ballyroan. There will be a draw on the day for some great cash prizes – with a top prize of €1,000 (sponsored by Blue Bird Care) as well as smaller prizes of €500 and €300.

Tom Kinsella was a highly-respected member of the local vintage car community. He passed away in 2015 after a long battle with cancer. His family have been organising this popular event in the years since and raising funds for a charity that is very close to their hearts.

The Laois Hospice Foundation has helped to provide a palliative care service for cancer patients whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment. The hospice also provides support for the families of such patients.

This total care involves doctors, nurses, a team of specialists and the clergy.

“The support and help that Tom and the family received from the Laois Hospice home care team at such a difficult time was something that the Kinsella family are forever grateful for,” say the organisers of this fundraiser.

“It is extremely important that families going through similar circumstances are also able to avail of this help and support.”

There is no registration fee on the day – with donations instead to the Laois Hospice Home Care team.

You can donate to the fundraiser here – or check out the Facebook page here for further updates ahead of the event.


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