Great support for Child of Haiti fundraiser

There was a huge turnout in the Central Bar in Roscommon town on Saturday night where a restored vintage tractor was raffled, with proceeds going to the Child of Haiti charity, which a number of local people are actively involved in.

  The Roscommon People paid a visit en route to another social event and it was evident from the moment we stepped into the Central that a fabulous night was unfolding.

  “That tractor has some pulling power” mused one wit, and it sure has!

  The excellent ‘Rockin’ Rossies’ had begun to entertain the huge crowd and there was a terrific, feelgood atmosphere.

  The restored 60-year-old Massey Ferguson tractor took pride of place outside the bar throughout the day. It had been restored by retired mechanic Luke Cox and brothers John and Berney Higgins. John and Berney continue to travel (with other locals) to Haiti as volunteers.   

  Saturday night’s proceedings were expertly organised by John and Berney Higgins, Padraic Deane and fellow volunteers. When the raffle took place, the winning ticket was that of David Hayden of Naas, Co. Kildare, who purchased the ticket from Sandra Gunning of Farm, Castlerea. A delighted David collected his prize in Tulsk on Sunday and revealed that he intends to put the tractor on show at every opportunity.

  Local organisers wish to thank everyone for their tremendous support of the raffle, including those who donated parts for the tractor and those who gave their services free of charge before and during Saturday night. Local volunteers will travel to Haiti later this year and all proceeds from the raffle of the vintage tractor will go to the Child of Haiti charity. 

– PH