Belfast Telegraph

Cabbies unite in drive to boost charity funds

by Fiona Rutherford

A group of Newtownabbey taxi drivers are putting their shoulders to the wheel to raise funds for charity.

The drivers, from Abbey Taxis, plan to haul one of their cars around the area to raise funds for disability charity The Cedar Foundation.

They will be setting off from the Abbey Taxis office on Friday, July 9 at 12.30pm for a lap of the Shore Road area, past businesses and shops close to Loughshore Park.

Aaron Moore, from Abbey Taxis, said: “We chose The Cedar Foundation because we often drive people to and from their centres and we have heard about all the great work they do.

“We hope that our customers and members of the public will support our efforts and give generously to help us raise money for Cedar's work throughout Northern Ireland.”

One of his colleagues, John Lunne, said they had never undertaken anything like this before and that there would be eight drivers pulling the car at any one time. “I think it will be challenging,” he said.

He said they expected to easily exceed their target of £1,000. “It’s advertised all around the village and the drivers have been getting sponsored.” Christine Tweedie, Cedar's fundraising co-ordinator, added: “We are looking forward to the taxi pull and thanks to Abbey Taxis for all their fundraising efforts so far.

“We would encourage people in the local area to come down on Friday July 9 to cheer on the drivers and support our cause.”

Over the past few weeks the company has been asking its corporate clients and customers to sponsor the drivers as well as putting collection tins in the local shops.

If you would like to donate to this cause you can do so online at www.justgiving.com/abbeytaxis.

The Cedar Foundation works in partnership with disabled people across Northern Ireland providing quality support, care, accommodation and training services to enable disabled adults and children to participate in all aspects of community life.

To find out more tel: 02890 666188 or log on to www.cedar-foundation.org.

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