Combines 4 Charity today have a bid to set a new harvesting world record for Ireland this summer. The cereal farmers from Meath, Louth, and North County Dublin, are looking to sign up more than 300 combine drivers for the world record challenge which they will host at a family fun day at Platin, County Meath on Sunday, July 21, next.
Combines 4 Charity first came together in 2009, and set a world record that summer when they assembled 175 working harvesters for a spectacle that attracted close to 20,000 spectators to their Meath location. The event was hugely successful with Combines 4 Charity raising a whopping E300,000 for four charities – Barnardos, Self Help Africa, The National Rehabilitation Trust and the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.
Their world record was overtaken a year later by a Canadian farming group who brought together over 200 working combines. However Combines 4 Charity will return this summer, and are well on course to recruit 300 drivers, and set a new world record. The farmers aim to have combines participate from every county of Ireland, with participants from Kildare, Kerry, Wexford, Carlow, Northern Ireland and even the UK already committed.
This year’s record breaking attempt will be again be the highlight of a great family fun day, with plenty of activities such as a mobile farm, tractor pulling, tug o’war, amusements, food stalls, trade stands, Macra na Feirme events and the largest collection of combine harvesters in the world on display.
Tickets can be bought on the day for €E10 and children go free. There will be free parking and disabled parking facilities will also be available.
For more information on the event and how to get there please visit www.combines4charity.com.
Speaking about the spirit of the event, Tony Brady, one of Combine 4 Charity’s organisers said; “The committee is made up of a group of cereal farmers who all give their time voluntarily to make this happen; but we couldn’t do it without the support of the people of Duleek and Donore, all the cereal growers who bring their combines, as well as the businesses and individuals who support us. Our first world record event in 2009 brought a great sense of pride and achievement to all those who gave their time and got involved - people were overwhelmed that their efforts could create so much good will and raise so much money for charity.
“This year’s event will be a fantastic opportunity for families to come and get involved in country pursuits, and with 300 combines working together we hope it will be an amazing record-breaking sight!”
Fergus Finlay, Barnardos Chief Executive said: “Combines 4 Charity are an amazing group of farmers with great vision, enthusiasm and a fantastic sense of community. Since 2008, they have raised hundreds of thousands of euros for charities helping to support individuals, children, families and communities in Ireland and in Africa. I’d like to thank them for their ongoing support and wish them the best of luck with their world record attempt.”
Combine owners up and down the country are encouraged to register on www.combines4charity.ie and get set for a visually spectacular record-breaking event. Farmers interested in taking part can contact Tony Brady on (086) 822 9620 for further information.