Festival of Lights Truck Run raises over £9k for local charities

November 14, 2016

Three local charities have benefited from the hugely successful Festival of Lights Truck Run, which led this year’s Halloween festivities in Crossmaglen.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, Southern Area Hospice Services and Silverbridge Senior Citizens will all share the proceeds of the amazing charity convoy – which this year totalled £9,158.

253 rigs of all make, model and age took part in this ever-popular event which took place on Saturday 29th October, forming a dazzling display of illumination and noise as the convoy wound its way across the 20-mile route through south Armagh before returning to the town.

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 three years, with hundreds of people gathering in the town, and at vantage points along the route to watch the impressive spectacle in all its illuminated glory.

Chief organiser and sponsor of the annual charity truck run, Gerard McMonagle, expressed his thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s event, especially the truckers who turned up as we could not have had a Truck Run without them. He also included the organising committee, all the stewards who helped out on the night, DJ Stephen for providing the soundtrack for the evening, Cross Castles and Crossmaglen Rangers GAA club.  Gerard also extended a huge thanks to sponsors MT Waste, The Examiner, Conlon Haulage and Superbites.

As always the organisers hope to build on the continued success of the event and attract even more participants for next year’s charity truck run which will take place on 28th October 2017.