The annual Easter Monday tractor run at Dolgran, Pencader organised by Tom Lewis, yet again, proved as popular as ever despite the drivers facing atrocious weather conditions on the route raising a mammoth £3,630 towards the Ceredigion Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind. 35 tractors took to the road and numerous donations were received from other drivers who attended the start to see the tractors leave but did not have suitable tractors to take part in the heavy rain. A small auction was held at the start and raffle tickets were sold during the day which further bumped up the takings. Numerous donations were received prior to the day, one from as far as Hong Kong which proves how popular this Run has become. Tom Lewis says a big thank you to everyone who contributed towards the run, being those who sponsored the run, donated money, the raffle prizes given, those who bought raffle tickets, and especially the tractor drivers (some without tractor cabs) who braved the heavy rain for 15 miles, all the way from Dolgran, calling at the Woollen Museum where a very interesting talk was given, to the Red Lion, Drefach Felindre where a first class beef dinner was served to finish off a very pleasant and successful day.
THANK YOU EVERYBODY.
In the picture Tom Lewis is presenting a cheque to Ruth Edwards who volunteers to raise money for ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’. Also in the picture is Louise Jenkins from Drefach Felindre, who is blind, with her dog Trinity. The cost of keeping a dog from birth to retirement is £56,000. One blind person may have up to 8 dogs which costs £450,000. It takes about 20 months to train a dog, and surprisingly one person becomes blind every hour in the UK. In the last year, the waiting list for a Guide dog has risen by 25%. Some more facts about Guide dogs: £5.00 – keeps a Guide dog for one day £20.00 – one hour dog training session £25.00 – white dog harness £140.00 – purchase of a starting kit for a new dog owner.