The organisers of Combines 4 Charity — who have raised close to €700,000 for various causes — are holding another monster raffle to mark their tenth anniversary.
The draw will take place on January 11th, 2020 at the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath and tickets can be purchased at the National Ploughing Championships at Stand No 196; Block A.
Tickets are priced that €50 — two or more can be purchased at €45 each — which equates to €1 a week for three charities.
Main chosen charities include:
- Barnardos — an independent charity which works with vulnerable children and campaign for the rights of all children;
- Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre, Drogheda, Co. Lough – provides counselling and support for families affected by cancer;
- National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire — a specialist hospital for spinal injuries.
- Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 Comfortline;
- Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0;
- John Deere Gator;
- €20,000 cash;
- FBD hotel and resort voucher worth €3,000;
- Brown Thomas gift voucher for €3,000;
- All-expenses paid trip to the John Deere factory in Germany;
- All-expenses paid trip to the Krone factory in Germany;
- 40” TV;
- Apple iPad.
“Who knows, we might, with your help hit €1,000,000 in donations for our tenth-year.” the committee said.
“The committee would like to thank all of their sponsors especially FBD who have supported and encouraged us over the years, and especially, the men and women who have supported all events which were run by Combines4Charity and have helped us.”
Young tillage farmer
The seed for this initiative was sown when a young tillage farmer, Philip Brady, stumbled across a Youtube clip featuring 56 combines — operated by Australian farmers — working simultaneously.
Their first event saw 100 combines cut 100-acres for 4 charities; Barnardos, National Rehab Hospital, Gary Kelly Centre Drogheda and Self-Help Africa; the result was a world of 186 combines working together and a total of €300,000 which was shared among the various charities.
Ten members of the committee; Philip and his father Tony, Cyril Darcy, Joe O’ Donoghue, Frank Hemeryck, Michael Kiernan, Michael Lawlor, Ronan Lynch, Peter Timmons and Eoin Reilly run the event on a voluntary basis.