Truckers getting into gear for 3rd annual ‘Festival of Lights’ charity convoy

October 3, 2016

The 3rd annual Festival of Lights Charity Truck Run is set to take place on Saturday 29th October – and it is gearing up to be even bigger and better than last year’s illuminating event, with organisers hoping to sign up 300 trucks for the much anticipated charity initiative.

Three charities will benefit from this year’s fundraising, with proceeds going to Southern Area Hospice Services, the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and Silverbridge Senior Citizens and Special Needs Association.

In a unique spectacle, proudly sponsored by MT Waste Management Ltd and hosted in association with Crossmaglen Community Association, the huge convoy will set off from Crossmaglen Square at 8pm 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 Lights event sets itself apart as it takes place at night.    The event has proved to be a huge success over the last two years, with hundreds of people gathering in the town, and at vantage points along the route to watch the participating trucks in all their illuminated glory.

This year, organisers Gerard McMonagle and Gerard Murray hopes to build on last year’s success and increase the amount of trucks taking part in the magnificent display to 300.  Excitement is certainly building for the event and, with such large numbers expected, safety plans have been put in place.  Organisers are asking people to avoid parking cars around the Square in Crossmaglen from 6pm onwards to ensure the safety of spectators.

Truckers are invited to sign in at the registration point in front of Superbites in the Square from 5.00pm 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 2016’ and truckers can also use this page to register their participation in the event.

This year we will also have monkey hats for sale for £5, limited amount of stock so if you want to ensure you get one, come early!