Truckers revving up for ‘Festival of Light’ charity convoy

October 19, 2015

This Saturday, the much anticipated second annual Festival of Light Truckers’ charity convoy will get underway, promising to be even bigger and better than last year’s glittering event, with more than 200 trucks already registered to take part.

The special event marks the culmination of a year of fundraising in memory of the late Eugene Donaghy from Crossmaglen where proceeds from numerous events have benefitted Southern Area Hospice Services and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

In a unique spectacle, proudly sponsored by MT Waste Management Ltd, the huge convoy will set off from Crossmaglen Square at 7.30pm sharp, treating the public to a dazzling display of illumination as the vehicles wind their way along the 20 mile route via Culloville, Shelagh, Crossmaglen, Fords Cross, 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.

This year, organisers Gerard McMonagle and local fireman Gerard Murray have built on last year’s success and, with double the amount of trucks already registered to take part in the magnificent display, excitement is certainly building for the event.

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 sign in at the registration point in front of Superbites in the Square from 6.00pm onwards and with such a large attendance anticipated, it is advisable to come early. Trucks will be parked up in the Main Square and in the Rangers GFC car park

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 aforementioned 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.

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.