Paddy Milligan and Gerard Larkin (Centre) who are taking part in the Scally Rally Ireland for Marie Curie Cancer Care receiving a donation of £250 from (Left) Mark McAusland of Sebden Steel and (Right) Malcolm McComb of Donnelly transport. US411O-124A0
A GROUP of local men will be raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care in a very unusual way this weekend.
Gerard Larkin along with Paddy Milligan and Paul Milligan are taking to the roads around Ireland in an old banger competing in the Scally Rally Ireland 2010.
The idea is to purchase a car for under £100 and then you can spend as much as you need or like to make it road legal and 'tart' it up. During the four day tour of Ireland, which starts in Belfast this Friday October 15, the teams will be given a series of events/tasks to perform before arriving at the first over night stop at Ballyboffet. Day two starts with a new set of tasks which are kept secret until the starting point and given to the team in a sealed envelope. The Scally Rally covers four full days and teams will travel from Belfast to Ballyboffet, Westport, Tralee and Kinsale before heading back to home. Gerard's team are called the 'Grumpy Old Men' and are using an old Peugeot 406 to hopefully finish the course.
Gerard commented: We are not really that old and never grumpy so we thought this name would get a laugh. We are trying to raise funds to help those who suffer from cancer and their families. It is at times like this that charities take a beating when it comes to funds and unfortunately cancer doesn't know we are in a recession. We are really grateful for all the help and support we have received from local businesses and we hope we make it all the way round.
The 'grumpy old men' are collecting throughout the month of October. If you would like to make a donation please contact the team on: firstname.lastname@example.org.