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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Full throttle fundraiser raises a whopping €3,500 for Pieta House

At the cheque presentation: Lorna Furlong, Shay Furlong, Karen Furlong, Olivia Ruane (Pieta House), Triona Furlong and Shane Terry.
At the cheque presentation: Lorna Furlong, Shay Furlong, Karen Furlong, Olivia Ruane (Pieta House), Triona Furlong and Shane Terry.

A full throttle fundraiser back in January has resulted in a cheque for €3,500 being presented to mental health charity Pieta House. Wexford Off-Road Motorcycle and Quad Club hosted a 'hare and hound' event at Forth Mountain which attracted riders from all over the country to take part.

The hum of motorcycle engines could be heard all over the mountain as over 200 bikes and 70 quads arrived to battle it out over a track that consisted of some challenging off-road segments, as well as some sections on the roads around the mountain.

Despite the cold and windy January weather, the event saw riders travel from all over, even making it from as far as Galway and Northern Ireland for what was a great day. Each rider collected sponsorship before taking part and there was also a collection on the day, leading to the €3,500 being made for Pieta House.

'We were delighted with it,' said club secretary Karen Furlong.

'We've done a few fundraisers like this in the past for local charities, but we decided that seeing as people were travelling from all over, it would be better to pick a national organisation like Pieta House. It's a charity that's close to everyone's heart, particularly given some of the sadness that Wexford has experienced lately.'

The club has several events throughout the year, usually focusing on their off-road track in Clonroche, and they were extremely grateful to Coillte, Wexford County Council, the residents of Forth Mountain, the marshals and the Order of Malta for enabling the successful event to take place.

For more details on the club and upcoming events, you can follow their social media channels.

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