CLOSE to £500,000 has been raised for charity by the Mid-Ulster Vintage Vehicles Club through its annual Vintage Tractor and Car Trek since the first event over 40 years ago.
A grand total of £484,000 has been notched up since 1977, with the most recent trek raising £17,000.
At the club’s monthly September meeting, chairman Dominic Marshall and trek oragniser Gary Boland handed over a cheque for the £17,000 to Anne Canavan and Dr Auriel Musnier of this year’s chosen charity, Asthma UK.
The fundraising efforts of the club’s members were also celebrated at the meeting. Jim Scott MBE was awarded a shield for highest collector, having raised an amazing £12,180.
The second highest amount, of £500, was collected by Dennis Bell, and the third highest amount, £330, was collected by Gary Boland.
Gary Borland, on behalf of the trek organisers, thanked the charity for its efforts in preparation for the trek. Thanks went to those who provided sponsorship including Mid Ulster Cars, JK Coaches, Cloane Construction and Drummullan Service Station and also to those who provided meals in Dungannon and Ballygawley.
Gary also thanked all the collectors, Sidney Scott, chairman of the trek, for his help, Maurice Rea Snr, Maurice Rea Jnr and Bert McLean for leading the trek, all club members and marshals for their support and Guy Kirkpatrick for hosting the convoy on the Friday stop-over.
Finally, a huge thanks was given to Michael McKeown, club treasurer, for all his hard work.