The Livingstone Christmas Tractor Run will be back on Saturday, December 31 and it is dedicated this year to a young Keady man who was one of its biggest supporters.
Shane Lappin died tragically in June 2020 while working on his new home with his wife Sarah.
The 30-year-old, a tractor enthusiast, and his family had been involved in the charity run from it first began.
At his funeral, mourners were told, “he was always eager to work, especially in farming and he was never happier than on a John Deere tractor.”
The event, which had been cancelled for the past few years due to Covid, will support three local charities – the Southern Area Hospice, NI Air Ambulance and NI Children’s Hospice.
It was started in 2012 by the Livingstone family to give something back to the Southern Area Hospice for the care they provided to Marina Livingstone in the final weeks of her life.
The event has grown since then, with over 750 tractors attending it some years, and to date has raised more than £730,000 for the nominated charities.
This year’s run will start at Armagh Business Park and will travel to Markethill, Hamiltonsbawn and Richhill before returning to Armagh.
The entry fee is £15 and registration begins at 10am before the tractors set off at 12 noon.
Anyone who doesn’t have a tractor is invited to go along and see the range of machines.
For those who cannot make it but want to support the run, you can get in touch with any of the Livingstone family or organising committee or donate online via Just Giving: http://www.justgiving.com/team/TractorRun
For event updates, follow the Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/LivingstoneChristmasTractorRun/