Cormac Porter and Alex Burnes are students at St. Bridgit’s College, Loughrea.
Like many of us, the classmates have both been affected by losing someone close to them through cancer.
In 2007, Alex was only five-year-olds when he lost his mother to cancer and more recently in 2017, Cormac lost his grandfather, which had a devastating effect on him.
“My grandad was the centre of my life; we did everything together and to be honest, I think we spent more time in the car going places then we did at home,” reflected Cormac.
The boys have decided to organise a tractor run to say thank you to Galway Hospice for looking after their families so well through their very hard time. They also hope that the funds raised will help other families in one way or another.
As Cormac comes from a farming background of 100 dairy cows in Killimor Co. Galway, he has always had a very keen interest in all types of machinery.
While Alex is from Loughrea and doesn’t have a farm, he has a big interest in farming and hopes to pursue a future in farming. Both boys hope to attend an agricultural college after their Leaving Certificate.
“We are hoping to get over 120 participants and we have plenty of parking space, so if more people want to take part, we will be more than happy to take them!” Cormac told That’s Farming.
Registration is €20 per tractor and will take place from 10:30 a.m to 11:45 am at St.Brigid’s College.
One of the main attractions to the show will be Tommy Burke, driving his black Massey Fergusson 35X with a V8 engine - unusual to say the very least.
There will be a raffle on the day with up to 60 prizes to be won.
The students would like to thank An Garda Síochána and bike marshals from bikemarshals.ie for being so helpful with the organisation.
“So really we would ask people to come and support us as it’s all in aid of very good cause and if you don’t have a tractor, you can always buy raffle tickets or give a donation,” concluded Cormac.