Vin­tage Har­vest Day windfall for de­serv­ing char­i­ties

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

Four West Cork char­i­ties are to ben­e­fit from a very size­able €16,000 char­ity pot — the pro­ceeds from a Vin­tage Har­vest Day or­gan­ised by a small vil­lage.

Ahio­hill Vin­tage Club’s highly suc­cess­ful sum­mer­time Vin­tage Har­vest Day raised an im­pres­sive €16,000 which will be split equally be­tween the Ais­ling Tanner Fund, the Clon­akilty Hospi­tal De­men­tia Unit, PJ Cof­fey Sup­port Fund, and West Cork AOK.

The pre­sen­ta­tion at The Four Winds, Ahio­hill, was the lat­est fundraiser or­gan­ised by the club, in ex­is­tence for al­most a decade.

Orig­i­nally es­tab­lished with the aim of rais­ing funds for lo­cal char­i­ties, it be­gan by hold­ing an­nual Trac­tor Runs and the oc­ca­sional Old Time Thresh­ing event. How­ever, its Vin­tage Har­vest Day, held for the first time last year, turned out to be one of the most pop­u­lar events on the club cal­en­dar.

“We held our in­au­gu­ral event in 2017 and it was such a suc­cess that we de­cided to make it an an­nual event,” said Deirdre O’Re­gan of the club. “Sev­eral months of plan­ning went into the event.

“We had both oats and silage ready for har­vest­ing this year and we had so many re­quests from peo­ple ask­ing if they could bring their silage har­vesters that we in­creased the silage arena in the fi­nal weeks be­fore the event.

“This year was a dif­fi­cult year for farm­ers as a re­sult of the drought”, she said, “but thanks to a wealth of lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in grass man­age­ment, there was plenty of silage to keep the ‘grass­men’ happy.”

The event also fea­tured a large oat arena for har­vest­ing as well as an Old Time Thresh­ing Demon­stra­tion and the dis­play of a se­lec­tion of ploughs, both trac­tor and horse-drawn — not to men­tion live mu­sic, trac­tor rides, pets cor­ner, kids games and a dog show.

“Our club has around 25 mem­bers, but for a fundrais­ing event of this mag­ni­tude we had to call on the whole com­mu­nity to help out and they did.

“Ahio­hill is a small ru­ral com­mu­nity with a big heart,” said Ms O’Re­gan, who paid trib­ute to the many spon­sors and in­di­vid­u­als who as­sisted.

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