Embrace FARM, the farm accident support network, will be driving a tractor around the 32 counties of Ireland this autumn to raise awareness for farm safety.
With a tractor kindly donated by WR Shaw of Tullamore, volunteers from Macra Na Feirme and the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster will drive the tractor through each county on its nationwide journey.
‘Our Drive to Remember” will be launched at the Tullamore Show on Sunday, August 12th, and will make its final stop on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships, Tuesday, September 18th.
Embrace FARM is asking all families and neighbours who 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 be displayed at the Ploughing Championship, representing the feet that once walked the farm.
Also, mounted upon the tractor will be an ‘eternal light’, representing those that have lost their lives on Irish farms.
Agriculture has the highest number of deaths per industry in Ireland, and the fatality rate remains worryingly high with three tragic fatal farm accidents during Farm Safety Week 2018.
Embrace FARM, founded by Brian & Norma Rohan, works alongside the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI), farm organisations and agri-businesses to raise awareness for farm safety.
There will be social media updates every day from the tractor drivers on the Embrace FARM, Macra na Feirme, National Ploughing Assocation, YFCU and WR Shaw Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Embrace FARM tractor will also be fitted with GPS technology, so people can follow it on its all-island journey.
Organisers have asked for social media users to please use the hash tags #WeRememberYou and #FarmSafety on all social media reference to the tractor drive.
For anyone who wishes to support the cause and the lives it represents, donations are acceptable through the Embrace FARM website.