Today (Monday 11th February), 35 Intel employees pushed the famous Fr. Ted Milk float from Dublin to Naas in just over 4 hours. The 70 year old milk float featured in the “Father Ted” TV series is on its 22nd day of the 798 mile round-trip of Ireland.
This initiative is the brainchild of Father Ted Festival organisers, Friends of Ted, and Bookmakers Paddy Power, and was devised to raise funds and awareness for Down syndrome Ireland and Down Syndrome Northern Ireland.
A special website www.ted40.com has been developed and features regular live updates as the Milkfloat trundles its way around the country. There is also a donation link on the website where people can support the initiative by sponsoring one cent per mile, a total donation of €7.98.
Ken Robertson from Paddy Power said “After witnessing first hand the incredible popularity of Milkfloat during last year’s Father Ted Festival, it seemed like an absolute no-brainier to bring the milk float to the people. The fact that we can hopefully raise a significant amount of money for both Down syndrome charities is a massive bonus.”
Intel’s External Relations manager Lisa Harlow who completed the 14 mile leg, ‘The milk float push was a brilliant idea, it’s more than just raising funds – its helping to raise awareness for Down Syndrome Ireland and Down Syndrome Northern Ireland.’
All proceeds from this challenge will go to both Down Syndrome Ireland and the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Ireland.
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