The Embrace Farm ‘Drive to Remember’ tractor is at the home-stretch of its 32-county journey and it will finish up at the National Ploughing Championships.
The initiative was started by Embrace, with the kind support of WR Shaw, Macra na Feirme, Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster and the NPA, in a bid to highlight the need for greater farm safety. In a bid to achieve this, mounted upon the tractor is an eternal light representing those that have lost their lives around the Island of Ireland. The tractor is also carrying a transport box, filled with wellies of all those who have lost their lives in a farm accident. The tractor began its journey on August 13th and has been on the road for over one month, hitting every county in the process.
Picture of the tractor in Cork - Cork County Macra
Embrace FARM were encouraging all families and neighbours who may have been affected by the loss or serious injury of a relative or friend in a farming accident, to place a pair of wellies in the trailer attached to the tractor on the drive.
These wellies will feature at (the Embrace FARM stand) at the Ploughing Championship and represent the feet that once walked the farm. After commencing the journey on August 13th, the tractor will finally park up on Tuesday, 18th of September, at the National Ploughing Championships.
Pictured at the Salesian Agricultural College.
They journey will conclude at 10:15am with the final drive of the 32-county tractor to the WR Shaw stand. This will be followed by the “Walk of Light” with Brian Rohan and Willie John Kehoe. The walk will commence at 11:30 from the NPA HQ to the opening ceremony at the ploughing championships main stand. The Embrace candle will also be lit prior to the opening ceremony at 11:45.
The tractor in Co. Kerry - Tarbert Macra.
“On behalf of the families connected to Embrace FARM, Thank You all kindly for supporting this initiative to remember the lives lost and seriously injured on the farms of Ireland.” said Norma Rohan of Embrace Farm.
“We invite you all to support the final leg of the journey. Let’s all stand together to acknowledge those who have suffered and for the many who continue to do so daily.” she urged.
The tractor pictured in Galway.
Another venture by Embrace Farm at the National Ploughing Championships, is that they will launch their first ever Annual Report. Minister Creed will be on hand at the launch, Wednesday 19th, at the Health & Safety village, Row 14, stand 299. Stay tuned to the Embrace Farm Facebook page here, for further updates. You can still donate to Embrace Farm and the cause here
The tractor when it stopped into Claremorris Co. Mayo.