‘Light It Up’ event raises €3,500 for charity

The organisers of the recent Light it Up Letterkenny Christmas charity run have thanked all those who played their part in making the event such a big success.

The charity event held on Sunday, December 10 saw lorries, tractors and cars decked out in a spectacular display of Christmas lights parading through Letterkenny.

It was the third year of the charity run organised by CBM Signs and €3,500 was raised with Donegal Hospice and Blood Bikes Northwest both receiving €1,750 each.


As Bernard Gallagher, owner of CBM Signs explained, this year’s event had a decorated entry of 50 lorries, 70 tractors, 50 cars and more more smiling spectators than ever.

“Faced with a yellow weather warning that morning tough decisions had to be made early on the day but with prep nearly all done, most having good cabs and heaters it was decided to carry on with the event,” Bernard said.

“The crowds reported and seen on some of the videos posted around Letterkenny were massive this year, some suggesting similar to a St. Patrick’s Day parade down the town which is brilliant.

“That was always the aim of this event. It was created to give some Christmas cheer during the Covid Lockdowns. It is an added bonus that it is a charity fundraiser as well, full of Christmas spirit.”

Bernard and all his organising team would once again like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to decorate their cars, lorries and tractors and to everyone who donated on the night.

A special thanks was also extended to Garda Mark Traynor who led the participating vehicles on the Garda motorbike, and also to neighbouring businesses on the Port Road and the Boal family in Pine Hill Industrial Estate.

“We are looking forward to Christmas 2024 already!” Bernard added.


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