The launch of the national campaign for Drive to Survive Ireland took place last Sunday at Tigh Roy, Ionad Cultúrtha, Glen of Aherlow.
Dan Gallahue is the Chairperson of Drive to Survive. “The money raised in each area goes back to that area and the money raised from today’s coffee morning will be going to Milford Hospice. It’s good for people to know this as really they are raising the money for themselves, not for us – we are only a slogan and a name that is facilitating the fundraising.”
Dan’s father, the late Cllr. John Gallahue was a community activist and committed fundraiser who wished to set up a national charity that would get people together to raise funds for Cancer Care.
“I am doing this in memory of my father who passed away two years ago,” said Dan. “He was originally from Angelsborough and owned a pub in Ballylanders for twenty-five years so this is a joint effort between Ballylanders and Angelsborough. It was my father’s greatest wish to establish a national charity that would travel through Ireland to raise funds for cancer care. The Drive to Survive campaign will honour his memory and see his wish become a reality.”
The Drive to Survive Campaign aims to mobilise the country to raise funds for Hospices in Ireland.
During August two 1920’s Model T trucks will be driven around the 26 counties of Ireland covering 1,013 miles over 7 days accompanied by an intrepid bunch of volunteer collectors.
“A few years ago, my father sought the Model T truck in America and I went out there to get it for him,” said Dan. “The truck is one of the attractions that we bring to each community fundraiser. The vintage trucks and car attractions that are travelling around with us are owner driven on a voluntary basis and we will be signing up local nationwide volunteers to assist with our fundraising efforts in their communities as we travel through the villages, towns and cities,”said Dan.
Dan said that in addition to the drive they were encouraging any individual or organisation to host a standalone event to support the charity during the next few months.
He said that no event or contribution would be deemed too small or too large and he appealed to people to do whatever they can to raise funds.
Sunday’s Drive to Survive fundraising coffee morning was held at Tigh Roy as part of the annual traditional Irish music Summer School Éigse Eatharlaí.
The attendees were treated to beautiful Irish Traditional music whilst they enjoyed the refreshments.
“It’s been a pleasure to have the National launch here today and to see the beautiful vintage trucks parked outside,” said Roy Galvin, Tig Roy.
“I wish them every success as they tour the twenty-six counties of Ireland raising funds.”
For more information on the Drive to Survive fundraising campaign go to www.drivetosurvive.ie.