A VERY successful vintage tractor and car trek was again organised by the members of the Mid-Ulster Vintage Vehicles Club. This year the charity to benefit was Charis Cancer Centre.
On Friday 20th July, 25 vintage tractors left Moneymore and travelled to Armagh, stopping at other various towns throughout the journey. Next day they set off from Armagh and travelled to Richill. The drivers then travelled onto Portadown where they had their lunch stop. They then proceeded back to Moneymore via Coalisland and Stewartstown.
This year the highest collector Jim Scott MBE collected a magnificent sum of £12,519.29 on his sponsor card. Next highest was Dennis Bell who collected £700 and Ronnie Moore £500. The highest collectors in the collection boxes were Noel Henderson with £817, Alex Robinson with £623 and Taylor Hutchinson with £476.
At the monthly meeting which this year was held up at Charis Centre Lough Fea, Jim Scott handed over the large cheque of £20,000 to John McLoughlin, chairman of trustees of Charis Cancer Care.
The Shield for the highest collector was received by Jim Scott.
Dennis Bell, trek chairman, thanked the charity for their fantastic effort not just over the two days but throughout the entire preparation of the trek.
Thanks went to the Killylea Methodist ladies for preparing and serving the lunches over the two days, Millennium Coaches, Eamon McHugh for fuel sponsorship and Olga Henry for sponsoring the meals.
Dennis also thanked all the collectors, Malcolm Hall, vice chairman of the trek, for his help, Ronnie Moore for the use of the Land Rover, David Crooks for preparing the Land Rover, Freddie Wilson and David Crooks for leading the trek, all club members and marshals for their support and the Davidson Family for their hospitality at Armagh. Finally, a huge thanks was given to Brian Gilbert club treasurer for all his hard work.
Including the magnificent sum raised this year of £20,000, the club to date has contributed an overwhelming sum of over £360,000 to various charities from its first tractor trek in 1977.