Two heifers will be raffled off in aid of the Irish Kidney Association at next week’s Ploughing Championships.
The first heifer is being raffled off at the Irish Simmental Society stand to raise funds for charity and to increase organ donor awareness.
The animal has been kindly donated by suckler farmer Liam Martin, Templederry, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary who received a life-saving kidney from his son, Darren in April 2015; Darragh was just 25-years-old at the time.
Liam is a regular ploughing championships attendee and in fact, he turned down an important hospital appointment while waiting for a kidney transplant in order to attend the ploughing instead; it was rescheduled for a few days later.
Prior to Liam's kidney transplant, Darren turned down a university place in Austria to do his Master’s as his concerned mounted for his father. Liam was quite unwell with dialysis treatment which he commenced on Christmas- Eve in 2012 and instead, he put himself forward for the living donation process.
Pedigree Holstein Friesian Heifer
The second heifer that is being raffled is a pedigree Holstein Friesian that has been donated by father and son team -Larry and Kieran Dunican, Horseleap, Co Westmeath.
Tickets will be available to purchase at the Irish Kidney Association stand (no. 666)
Larry is a kidney transplant recipient and his wife Eileen is the Treasurer of the Westmeath branch of the Irish Kidney Association.
Karcher K 5 power cleaner is up for grabs as the second prize, while the third-prize winner will be awarded a 2 nights stay and breakfast for two at Lough Rynn Castle.
Having just completed his five-week-long 1500-km crusade around Ireland, Paul Palmer will proudly be showing his trusted tractor and specially-made organ donor-branded wagon in the vintage section at Ploughing Championships, Screggan.
Inspired by a relative of his who is suffering from organ failure, Paul from Ballyouskill on the Laois/Kilkenny border, decided to embark on his self-funded crusade covering the 32 counties on his vintage Ferguson T20 Tractor, entitled The Ferguson 20/32 Challenge, to support the Irish Kidney Association in increasing organ donor awareness
Paul's passion for vintage tractors and love for the land inspired him to create this novel type of challenge which would also be a special way to mark his 50th birthday year.
Paul forged life-long friendships with people from all walks of life including transplant recipients while taking in some vintage and other events.
Regular updates documenting many of his exploits along his long journey are posted on Facebook here.
To find out more information about the Irish Kidney Association see here.
Image source: Irish Kidney Association.