MUVVC Hands Over £10,000 to Macmillan Cancer Care
The annual 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 MacMillan Cancer Care.
The majority of funds collected in any given year are from sponsorship and this year, the highest collector was the Toner Family who collected £3,355. Next highest was Dennis Bell who collected £1,170 and Sidney Scott with £755.
At the monthly September meeting Gareth Bryson (Chairman) and Gary Borland (Trek organiser) handed over the sum of £10,215 to Iris McKeown and Maureen Hutchison of MacMillan Cancer Care.
The shield for the highest collector was awarded to John Toner.
Gary Borland, on behalf of the trek organisers, thanked the Charity for their effort in preparation of the trek. Thanks went to those who provided sponsorship including Mid Ulster Cars, JMB Coaches, Hutchinsons Feeds and Drummullan Service Station and also to those who provided meals in Dungannon and Portadown.
Gary also thanked all the collectors, Sidney Scott chairman of the trek for his help, Maurice Rea and Alastair McCord for leading the trek, all club members and marshals for their support and Derek Davidson for hosting the convoy on the Friday stop-over. Finally, a huge thanks was given to Michael McKeown and Robin Irwin for all their hard work. Gary also paid tribute to Jim Scott who had passed away during the year. Jim had worked tirelessly to collect over £211,000 as part of the trek over the years and will be sadly missed by the Club.
Commemorative trays were handed out to all drivers, and shields presented to the highest collector Alex Robinson, lady participant Jean Scott and best tractor Denis Bell.
Including the magnificent sum raised this year of £10,215, the club to date has contributed an overwhelming £495,000 to various charities from its first tractor trek in 1977.
Pictured at the hand over of the cheque recently are:
Back Row (l –r): Gareth Bryson (Club Chairman), Gary Borland (Trek Organiser), MacMillan volunteers and John Toner (Jim Scott MBE Shield).
Front Row (l–r): Maureen Hutchinson (MacMillan), Jean Scott and Iris McKeown (MacMillan)