On Saturday 30th September almost 40 bikers, some of them hairy others not so much, hit the road for the seventh annual “Run of the Country” to raise funds for Malta Services Drogheda.
To date the Run has raised over €83,500 for local charities and this is the second year for Malta Services to benefit. This year the event surpassed all expectations with the big hearted bikers raising a fantastic total of €11,571.72.
After a hearty cooked breakfast, the bikers were all raring to get on the road. They were cheered off by supporters at Malta Services, cruising down Duke Street, as they undertook the first leg of their mystery tour.
The route took the bikers along 405km of twisty back roads through beautiful Irish countryside as far south as Gort in County Galway and ending up in Longford.
The new M17 motorway was an option some of the bikers took. A fun poker run format was used, where playing cards were distributed at checkpoints during the run with prizes for the winning hands.
Malta Services Drogheda, support over 100 adults to live a life of their choosing by providing education and training, information and advice and practical assistance to support them to achieve their goals.
Funds raised from this event will go directly towards assisting people to work towards and achieve specific personal goals. Sincere thanks to all the event sponsors including: Height for Hire, Kennedy Motorcycles, Tuites Butchers, BWG Drogheda Value Centre, Marks and Spencers, Glanbia, Tesco and Belview Eggs.
Claire Byrne, Service Director of Malta Services highlighted some of the things that people spent their fundraising monies on last year.
“A number of people used the funds to supplement different educational courses, others on trips up to the Aviva, as well as other social and sporting events. Once again, funds raised from this event will go directly towards assisting people to work towards and achieve specific personal goals”, she said.
Michael McCormick the key organiser of the event said: “What makes this really special is the excitement on the morning at Malta Services, as the service users meet the bikers and have the craic.”
Height for Hire owner Harry McArdle said: “These guys do great work fundraising for Malta Services Drogheda and I am very pleased to be part of the event”.
“I love being associated with this local charity motorcycle run. It ticks all the boxes with moneys raised staying local and going directly to achieving people’s personal ambitions. A great days riding motorcycles” said sponsor Jimmy Kennedy of Kennedy Motorcycles.