Memorial Truck Run For Hawley Raises Over €21,000 For Kerry Hospice

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At the presentation of a cheque for the proceeds of the Hawley O’Sullivan Memorial Truck Run in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation, were, front from left; Anne Marie O’Sullivan, Tom O’Connell, Tony Mitchell O’Sullivan, Mary Shanahan, Karen Maher Hayles, Jack Shanahan and Martin O’Sullivan. At back; Eamonn O’Connell, Paudie O’Connor, Noel Prendiville, Brian Hayles, Michael Maher, Urney Maher, Tim O’Mahony, Emma Hayles, Ciara Hayles, Darren O’Sullivan, Claire Kelliher and Richie Piercy. Photo by Dermot Crean

A FANTASTIC event held last year to remember a much loved Tralee man raised over €21,000 for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

The Hawley O’Sullivan Memorial Truck Run was organised by Hawley’s niece, Karen Maher Hayles and saw over 100 trucks take part in the event back in October.

Hawley O’Sullivan, from O’Rahillys Villas was just 28 when he died on June 15, 1996 and the event, which took place from Fels Point, was organised to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his passing.

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Hawley was well known in the trucking community having worked for O’Neill’s Transport and later Garyowen Transport, so it was no surprise the turnout was so impressive.

On Saturday, Karen, her family and people involved in the organisation of the event were on hand to present a cheque for €21,684 to the Kerry Hospice.

“We’re delighted, there were 107 trucks on the day so it was a brilliant turnout. It was a great day out and it was lovely that Haulie’s son Tony was there,” said Karen who thanked everyone who helped out and donated to the cause.

“We are thrilled with the donation,” said Jack Shanahan, Chairman of the Kerry Hospice Foundation. “It’s been a phenomenal effort by Karen, her friends and family. Last year was a very hard for fundraising, as was 2020, so efforts like these go a long way towards funding palliative care at the unit.”

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