Drive for autism for Friends of Saplings


Vintage tractors go from Malin Head to Mizen Head in aid of Saplings schools

Drive for autism for Friends of Saplings

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Vintage tractors go from Malin Head to Mizen Head in aid of Saplings schools

A convoy of four vintage tractors will be travelling from Malin Head, Co. Donegal to Mizen Head, Co. Cork from Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th.

The run is raising funds for Saplings schools in Carlow and Kilkenny for students with autism.

The tractors - a Massey Ferguson 35; a Massey Ferguson 135; a Ford 2000 and a Ford 3000 - will all be making the 600km journey south.

They will be supported by a team in an emergency breakdown van if the journey proves too much for the historical tractors. The newest tractor taking part is almost fifty-years-old, with another at nearly seventy.

Speaking to That’s Farming, Freddie Farrell said: “More people did want to get involved but we had to cap it at four because the run may have grown too big”.

Freddie and another driver have nephews attending the schools and are very aware of the funds needed to provide adequate support to the students. Those who attend Saplings do so mainly because the severity of their Autism impacts greatly on all aspects of their daily life.

The Route

Day 1 - Malin Head - Sligo town;

Day 2 - Sligo town - Mallow;

Day 3 - Mallow - Mizen Head - Clonakilty.

The group will be met on the last leg of the journey by local vintage tractor enthusiasts who will join them in a show of support.

The group plan to spend day four loading the tractors onto a truck and travelling back to their native Kilkenny, where there will be a night of entertainment at the ‘Wheel In’ in Ballyouskill.

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