Over 200 trucks rev up to take part in ‘Festival of Light’

October 5, 2015

This year’s much anticipated second annual Festival of Light Truckers’ charity convoy promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s glittering event, with more than 200 trucks expected to light up Crossmaglen and the surrounding area.

The special event on Saturday 24th October marks the culmination of a year of fundraising in memory of the late Eugene Donaghy from Crossmaglen where proceeds from numerous events have benefitted local cancer charities.

In a unique spectacle, proudly sponsored by MT Waste Management Ltd, a huge convoy will set off from Crossmaglen Square on the Saturday evening, treating the public to a dazzling display of illumination as the vehicles wind their way along the 20 mile route via Culloville, Shelagh, Crossmaglen, Silverbridge, Forkhill, Mullaghbawn, Silverbridge and returning to Crossmaglen.

Although fundraising truck runs have become a familiar feature in recent times, the Festival of Light event sets itself apart as it is taking place at night.    Last year’s inaugural event proved to be a huge success with hundreds of people gathered in the town, and at vantage points along the route to watch the 114 participating trucks in all their illuminated glory, raising an impressive £3,360 was raised in aid of Southern Area Hospice Services and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

This year, organisers Gerard McMonagle and local fireman Gerard Murray have built on last year’s success and, with double the amount of trucks registered to take part in the magnificent display, excitement is certainly building for the event, with all proceeds again going to Southern Area Hospice Services and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

And in added bonus this year, Bessbrook-based Pak Aerial Media has agreed to record the event from the air, subject to favourable weather conditions.

Truckers are invited to assemble in the town Square for a 7.30pm sharp start on Saturday 24th October.   All rigs are welcome to participate, regardless of make, model or age.  Upon registration, a donation of £30 per truck is requested, with all money raised going to the chosen charities.

The whole community is once again urged to come out and support this event, which is guaranteed to be another unforgettable occasion for both participants and spectators.  The vehicles can be viewed in the area of The Square from 6.30pm onwards.

More information can be found on its Facebook page ‘Festival of Lights Truck Run’ and truckers can also use this page to register their participation in the event.