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Classic car fans gear up for anniversary charity drive

The East Antrim Old Vehicle Club announced their 10th annual charity run at a reception held at Stormont by MLA Anna Lo last week.

The anniversary run of the historic Belfast-Portrush Cavalcade will take place on August 7.

And it’s also a special anniversary for George and Sadie McCaig from Carnmoney, who have not missed a single year since it started in 1973.

Event organiser Robert Raj said: “I encourage businesses to help us raise funds for the charity. A full page is only £50, a half page £30 and a quarter page £15.

“In the past 10 years, from this event alone, we have raised some £46,000 for various charities.”

The charity that has been selected for this anniversary year is Friends of the Cancer Centre, the charity of Northern Ireland’s regional centre of excellence in cancer care, based at the Belfast City Hospital.

Money raised from adverts placed in the event’s souvenir programme goes straight to the charity, along with funds raised from the sale of ballots tickets in advance and on the day.

Delighted to have been chosen as the event’s nominated charity, Kelly Donnelly of Friends of the Cancer Centre said: “‘Friends ensures all funds raised will go to good use. The charity funds research, medical equipment and projects that enhance the patients’ environment at the Cancer Centre, which make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland annually.”

With around 140 members across the province, around 100 vehicles annually take part in the historic event, all made from 1924 to 1990.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in costume which reflects the period in which their vehicle was made.

The cavalcade will assemble from 8.30am at Belfast Zoo, setting off at 10.30am to travel through Glengormley, Templepatrick, Antrim and Ballymena, stopping for lunch at the Tullyglass Hotel before completing the run through Ballymoney, Coleraine and Portstewart to finish at the Royal Court Hotel, Portrush.

The public is welcome to turn out on the roadside to watch the old and classic vehicles pass through.

Mr Raj added: “People taking part in this event spend a lot of time polishing and cleaning their pride and joy to show the public.”

This year’s sponsors, E A Davies & Co Ltd Insurance Brokers, Glengormley, will present a plate with different views of Northern Ireland to all participants who complete the run.

Those interested in participating can download a form from www.eaovc.co.uk or www.aovc.co.uk. It is also possible to contact Robert Raj on tel 028 9084 2993 or 075 1166 2741, or email secretary@eaovc.co.uk by May 31.

Belfast Telegraph