Preparations are under way in County Wexford for a charity Soap Box Derby.

The original idea for the derby came from the Lions Club in New Ross town with local companies sponsoring each soap box to help raise money for charity. There are strict rules about length, width and weight of each cart. 

The Lions Club secretary Terry O'Hanlon says the purpose of the event is to raise money for three local charities - Trinity House, The New Ross Day Care Centre, and Meals on Wheels. O'Hanlon describes the reaction to plans for the soap box derby as "phenomenal".

Sponsorship has been pouring in. Everybody in the town is talking about it... At the moment there are about twenty five soap boxes being made.

From ready-made kits to custom builds, the community is a hub of activity ahead of the race which takes place on 3 August. Lions Club member Brendan Sweeney says

There's been a long tradition of soap boxes amongst kids...just to run it and beat your friend next door.

An RTÉ News report by Michael Ryan broadcast on 24 July 1986.