Former championship rally driver Ronnie Foreman, will be zooming into Derry and Donegal tomorrow (Monday) as part of a fundraising rally for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
In Derry, Ronnie and his team will be welcomed to the city by the Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, who has given her support for the campaign to raise funds to help rebuild communities affected by the hurricane.
The event is being organised by Haven, a prominent Irish NGO working on the ground in Haiti. The rally is taking place across Ireland this week, with Ronnie Foreman coming out of retirement to undertake the road trip.
He will take to the roads in a vehicle provided by international engineering solutions company.
Mayor McClintock said she is looking forward to hearing more about the work going on in Haiti.
“I am very supportive of this initiative and look forward to welcoming the team when they travel to our city. In the meantime you can show your support by donating and following their progress,” she said.
Ronnie, who is also the Northern Ireland Ambassador for Haven, said: “It is an honour to get behind the wheel again to tour Ireland’s highways and byways for such a good cause.
“Throughout the rally in April, I hope to raise much-needed funds and increase awareness of the immense difficulties that continue to face the Haitian people, six months after Hurricane Matthew.
“Now, Haven is looking to long-term recovery after what is the third major natural disaster to hit Haiti in just seven years; I’m asking the people of Ireland to get behind the rally so that, together, we can help this recovery reach those who need it most.”
Leslie Buckley, Founder and Chairman of Haven, said: “Six months have passed since Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew last October.
“After finding many of the homes, farms and schools destroyed, and having faced the threat of cholera and hunger, now, the people of Haiti are working to rebuild their lives.
“I would like to thank Ronnie for driving this unique initiative, which will reach far in supporting recovery in Haiti: the Rally for Haiti can empower the people of Haiti to restore their livelihoods and look ahead to a bright future once again”.
To make a donation to the Rally for Haiti, please log on to give.everydayhero.com/ie/rally-for-haiti and follow the instructions.