The annual Tibohine Fly-In, which took place on June 26th and 27th, raised €8,850 for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland.
The event, run by James Morrisroe (Chief Flying Instructor of Tibohine Flying Club), was a great success this year, and an incredible weekend was had by all.
James said: “We are delighted that the weather was so good this year for the Fly-In, and everyone in attendance enjoyed the weekend. We are grateful to all the supporters that helped us raise a great amount money for our chosen charities – Mayo/Roscommon Hospice and Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland. The flying community have always been hugely supportive of this event, and this year was no different…we had visitors from all over”.
James wants to also recognise the support of the volunteers and sponsors for the event, especially Kyle Casey, a local teenager who overcame his own life-threating battle with cancer.
“We are grateful to all our volunteers, but in particular, it is great to see a young man like Kyle doing so well and participating in events like ours. He is an inspiring young man”.
James also wishes to acknowledge the support of local sponsors of the event, such as Kepak Athleague, McLoughlin’s Daybreak Ballaghaderreen, SuperValu Strokestown, Ros Plant Hire, Sherpack and Pat the Baker, all of whom generously sponsored the BBQ and shop for the weekend.
Martina Jennings (CEO, Mayo-Roscommon Hospice Foundation) said: “We are so grateful to James, Tibohine Flying Club, and all their family and friends for the huge support that made the Tibohine Fly-In such a brilliant success. Our Roscommon Hospice Unit will be completed in a matter of weeks and it is because of fundraisers like this that has been possible”.
Laura Cullinan (voluntary director with Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland) noted that funds raised at Tibohine Fly-In will allow the charity to continue its work in the region.
“We are so thankful to the members of Tibohine Flying Club, to James, and his family for hosting such a wonderful event and supporting one of our key projects – to refurbish isolation rooms in shared care hospitals, where children with cancer receive treatment outside of Crumlin. Support like this make our work possible, and really makes a difference to families living with childhood cancer. We would also like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to childhood cancer survivor and our ambassador Kyle Casey for being awarded the Special Achievement Award by the An Garda Síochána Roscommon/Longford Division Garda Youth Awards”.