Vintage Harvest Day windfall for deserving charities
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.