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Thanks to the endeavours of a group of Massey Ferguson vintage tractor enthusiasts, over £5500 has been presented to the Diabetes Research Group at Kings College, London.
A cavalcade of 19 vintage red and grey Massey Ferguson tractors completed a 17-mile crossing of the treacherous sands at Morecambe Bay last year to raise money for the charity.
At the head of the convoy was mastermind of the event, 81-year-old retired Massey Ferguson employee Bob Dickman driving his 1954 Ferguson TEF 20 tractor. Massey Ferguson supported the event with the supply of raffle prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip for two people to its tractor factory in Beauvais, France.
Bob was delighted to hand over the cheque to the Professor of Endocrine Biology at Kings College, Peter Jones.
“We were thrilled to raise £5,554.00 which was more than double our original target,” says Bob. “We are also hoping to make a further contribution from sales of the DVD of the Morecambe Bay event. The Diabetes Research Group is doing great work and we are pleased to add to their much-needed funds.”
Winner of the top prizes in the Massey Ferguson raffle were Steve Morris and Alister Renton. Steve, who helped organise the guides for the tractor crossing, is a Type 1 Diabetes sufferer and his family has farmed in the Morecambe Bay area for many generations. Alister is the father of four-year-old Neev who also suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and who waved the flag to set off the tractor convoy on the day.
In a fund-raising trip to support the Young Oncology Unit (YOU) at Manchester’s Christie Hospital, a group of ten enthusiasts is driving a 1955 Ferguson TE20 tractor from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Massey Ferguson is donating the fuel for this ‘Top to Bottom Tractor Run’ which will see the team call in at the company’s UK offices at Abbey Park Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. Travelling at an average speed of 10-12 mph, the journey is expected to take two weeks to complete.
The event is being co-ordinated by Martin Sullivan who sadly lost his son, Aaron to cancer. “We are a small group of people who have been brought together by unfortunate circumstances,” explains Martin. “We have all been affected, in some way, by cancer and have decided to try and do something positive to help others fight this frightening illness.”
“We are inviting people to join us en route either with their own tractors or by driving our 1954 guest tractor for a stage of the journey,” he says.
Adds Ben Agar, Massey Ferguson Manager Market Services UK and Ireland: “We wish the team all the best in support of this worthy cause and we look forward to seeing them here at our UK offices on 19 September.”
Top to Toe Tractor Run – 10-23 September 2012.
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Celebrating its milestone 20th year is esCARpade – the Camp Quality outback motoring initiative that brings together family, friends and car enthusiasts from all over Australia who are committed to making laughter the best medicine for children and their families living with cancer.
After two decades of wacky cars and dusty, muddy roads, Camp Quality organisers decided to retrace the 1992 route starting out on 14 October in Bendigo, Victoria and finishing in Bright, Victoria a week later.
Following from previous years, Valtra is yet again a proud sponsor of the Harvey family, who have been involved with esCARpade for a number of years. They joined the parade by travelling up to 450km per day in their custom designed BMW.
“My family and I were very proud to be a part of esCARpade again,” says Keith Harvey. “It was great to travel to so many different towns and being able to spread the word on the great work Camp Quality do.”
Offering family support, recreation and education programs, Camp Quality in Australia has raised millions of dollars to bring happiness and support to children and their families that have been affected by cancer. In particular, esCARpade in 2010 raised $1.3 million – the highest amount ever raised! Organisers and supporters alike are hoping to do the same this year – all the while, providing a week full of laughter and outdoor activities for a number of children and their families.
What local organisations do you support?
My colleagues in AGCO Parts (Europe, Africa and Middle East region) have recently introduced a stunning new scale model of the MF 8650 to their merchandising range and have decided to auction one for charity with all proceeds being donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. But it’s not just any model of the 4000 limited edition series that was produced – it’s the Number 1.
The 1:32 scale model of an MF 8650 liveried in black is a detailed representation of a special tractor produced in Beauvais, France and is a very desirable piece for any collector. The full size version was produced in the factory following a special request from a French contractor who wanted to differentiate between his Massey Ferguson fleet and other local contractors using MF machinery.
The EBay auction for this model starts on Friday 18th February (0800hrs GMT) and continues for 10 days. With a starting bid of just £50, it is set to raise a significant amount for the chosen charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent institution; which supports members of the farming community facing need, hardship or distress.
So what are you waiting for? Visit www.EBay.co.uk and bid on item 280630100428.