HANDOVER: The Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club presented cheques to beneficiaries following the recent tractor raffle. From left are: James Looney (Chairman), Siobhan Wharton (ACT for Meningitis), Tom Leslie (PRO), Jean Courtney and Jerry Griffin (Killarney Micro Track). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Valley Classic and Club (KVCVC) handed over €27,000 to the five different charities that it supported last year.

The club undertook several major fundraising drives in the last year including a tractor raffle and a charity walk.

The club restored a Ford 2600 tractor that was owned and operated by the Great Southern Hotel group and raffled it to raise funds for ACT for Meningitis (Kerry Branch) and The Killarney Micro Track Project.

It also runs a charity walk along the Old Kenmare Road every Christmas and the benefactors of the 2018 walk were The Ian O’Connell Trust and The Louise Lynch Hospital and Rehab Fund. Money raised during the most recent Christmas walk will be added to the 2020 funds for distribution this time next year.

On Sunday last week, the club took a stand at the Killarney Lions Club organised Kerry Clubs Fair and used the opportunity to present cheques to two of the five local charities.

Siobhan Wharton collected the cheque on behalf of ACT for Meningitis, while Jerry Griffin was on hand to accept the presentation on behalf of The Killarney Micro Track Project.

“We have a strict selection process and work with charities who work with us and help us sell tickets during the year,” PRO Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are taking a break this year from selling tickets and will be back with a new raffle project next year. Over the years over €300,000 has been donated to local charities.”

The fifth charity to benefit is the Kerry Mental Health Association that owns the Men’s Shed on the Lewis Road where the club does most of its car and tractor restoration work.