A Newry-based suicide prevention charity is aiming to break a Guinness World Record by staging the biggest truck race in history this weekend, in memory of a local man.
The ‘Keep Er Lit for PIPS’ truck race will take place in Camlough on Saturday at 11am, which also marks the tenth anniversary of Stephen Farrell’s death.
Over £70,000 has already been raised for PIPS Hope and Support at two truck shows in 2018, both as touching tributes to Stephen, a lorry driver who ‘had a real passion’ for vehicles, according to his close friend , Paudy Smith.
Paudy is the main organizer for Saturday’s event, which will depart from SAFE Fuels in Camlough that morning.
He said the fundraiser is the perfect way to remember Stephen, and added that local charity PIPS “were there for us when we needed them, and we want to support them as best we can at Stephen’s memory”.
The previous world record is held by a charity in Egypt which held a truck race two years ago when 480 vehicles were in attendance.
However, the organizers of ‘Keep Er Lit for PIPS’ believe there is such local interest that there is now a real chance that they will be the new winners.
The attempt also comes with numerous Guinness World Records stipulations, the most important being that each participating vehicle must meet a minimum curb weight of 3.5 tonnes.
Paudy hopes truckers across the island of Ireland will sign up, so the local initiative can claim the honour.
Meanwhile, PIPS Hope and Support fundraising coordinator Padraig Harte thanked “the ‘Keep Er Lit’ committee for their hard work and dedication in bringing these shows to memory of their dear friend Stephen”.
“We thank everyone who sponsors, donates and/or helps the events in any way, they are greatly appreciated by all of us and will help us provide our immediate therapy to anyone with suicidal thoughts, high levels of anxiety, poor mental health or bereaved by suicide,” he continued.
The charity has also called for volunteers to help with the world record attempt and more information can be found on the PIPS Hope and Support Facebook page.