OVER £20,000 has been raised through a tractor run through Cookstown on Saturday (August 24).
Around 1,000 people turned out to watch the procession which made its way from the McCrea family farm on the Coagh Road through Cookstown and back again.
The event was held in memory of Andrew and Laura-Jayne McCrea’s son, Oliver-James, who died very unexpectedly two and a half years ago, aged just three and half.
Andrew said the family was delighted with interest in the event and added that he wanted to thank everyone who attended and those who made donations.
“We want to say a special thank-you to everyone who helped out as well as those who attended,” he said. “It was a great day and Cookstown was filled with people.”
The Mid-Ulster Mail’s Facebook post on the Oliver-James Memorial Tractor Run received almost 10,000 hits (at the time of going to press) and this is expected to rise.
George Barclay and his group ‘Vision Praise’ put on a short time of praise before delivering an epilogue, and young people spoke about their experience of mission work in Africa.
Proceeds from the night will be donated to an orphanage and child rescue centre in eastern Kenya which is currently supporting 200 children and is run by the charity FAME - Friends of Africa Missionary Endeavour - which was founded in Northern Ireland in 1996 (www.fame.uk.net).
In Kenya, water wells, medical clinic, orphanage work and famine relief comprise the main areas of this service.
A centre provides humanitarian aid and medicine as well as Christian outreach.
Cookstown man Rodney Davidson has been involved in running the orphanage since 2010 along with his wife Alma and their four children Jordan, Amy, Calvin and Grace. They are due back in the Cookstown area next summer.
Meanwhile if anyone wants to make a donation to this very worthy cause, they can contact Andrew McCrea on 07973 566596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.