Eddie Mannix works in the Mallow Commercials Test centre in Mallow Co. Cork and is set to embark on a very unusual fundraising journey this coming September 29th.
The Corkonian came up with a novel fundraising idea, set to take place over the coming weeks, ‘Tractor and Trailer reversing around Mallow’. Eddie will take on the gruelling 40km+ journey himself, beginning his adventure at his workplace before finishing up, again, at the test centre in Mallow.
Once completed the journey, Eddie will have broken a world record for the longest covered while reversing a tractor and trailer, and he even aims to add as much to the journey as possible. The previous record was set at 30kms recently by a Carlow farmer and Eddie aims to complete the 10km+ round journey around Mallow town a minimum of four times!
“I have never organized anything like this in my life”, Eddie explained.
Eddie will begin his journey in Cork at 5:30am sharp and he hopes to be able to travel at up to 10kms/hr as he will be driving on main roads for the majority of the journey, with the Cork man aiming to finish around 9:30am. Eddie will be provided with a John Deere tractor on the day by his brother in law.
“I’ll be leaving around the 5:30 mark…I hope to finish around the 9-9:30 mark if I can average the 10kms/hr.” Eddie said to That’sFarming.
Why has Eddie set this up -
This is not just a random idea, as Eddie himself has long been the fundraising type and recently undertook a bungee jump for cystic fibrosis in recent years.
Eddie’s daughter, Aoife, was sick from the age of six weeks old, which is why Eddie decided to carry out this noble deed in aid of Temple Street Children’s hospital. Eddie’s daughter was struck down with a serious bout of whooping cough and he notes that she wouldn’t have survived without the help of Temple Street.
“My daughter Aoife was very sick when she was six weeks old. She was treated in Temple Street Children’s hospital which is why I am fundraising for them. They were great to her.”, Eddie explained.
“They saved my daughters life…She was rushed by ambulance to Temple Street and when they took over, they saved her life.” He continued.
Eddie will collect as much funds as possible through a gofundme page set up and he hopes to hit the €5,000 target he has set. There will be donation buckets at the start/finish line on the day for anyone who wants to donate in person, while Eddie is also urging locals to come along and show their support.
“Bank of Ireland have also pledged to donate a percentage of what I raise”, he said.
“Anyone that wants to make a donation can make it on the day or through the gofundmepage.” He added.
Eddie, although coming from no agricultural background, decided upon reversing the tractor due to the recent regulations introduced where ‘fast’ tractors now have to be tested and also because he works in the test centre himself. The Cork man's charitable ventures won't end at this event either, as he aims to go bigger and better next year, mentioning the possibility of a mammoth 12-hour journey.
For anybody looking to donate to this very worthy cause, you can do so via Eddie’s gofundme page here. If you would like further information on the event see here. You can donate via the gofundme page here.
“We will never be able to fully repay Temple Street for what they have done. This is just my family’s little way of saying thank you.” Said the farmer.
Check out the video appeal posted by Eddie below, which has already clocked up over 3,000 views.