Ballymoney business, John McElderry Motors and Tractors Ltd will be donating a Massey Ferguson tractor that will lead a charity 86 mile cycle across Northern Ireland.
The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) President Roberta Simmons will be taking part in the cycle along with other members to celebrate 86 years of the organisation in the lead up to the annual AGM and Conference. The charity cycle will raise money for the Association’s 90th Anniversary Fund as well as Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.
Roberta commented: “I am asking all six counties to get behind me in raising funds for two very worthy causes by completing a leg of the cycle which will be approximately 14 miles. Or, for those with extra leg power, there’s the option of cycling the full 86 miles! The event however is not a race and we will be passing through many local towns and villages who will hopefully come out to support and cheer us on.
“A number of bikes have been very kindly donated by Belfast Country Bike Tours and John McElderry Motors and Tractors Ltd in Ballymoney will be donating a Massey Ferguson tractor that will lead the cyclists throughout the route. Our route for the cycle is the ‘Lap of the Lough’ beginning on Thursday 7th April in Randalstown. From there we will cycle to Lurgan and spend the night in the pods at Oxford Island. On Friday morning we will then be travelling to La Mon Hotel, where our annual AGM and Conference will be held that weekend. We will be raising money which will be split equally for the Organisation’s 90th Anniversary Fund - providing education, support and training to our rural youth - as well as Diabetes UK Northern Ireland. The health of the members of our organisation are important and as a type 1 Diabetic myself, diagnosed three years ago, I am keen to see a cure found and the condition irradiated.”
Kevin Gribben, Sales Manager John McElderry Motors and Tractors Ltd added: “We were delighted to be approached by Roberta Simmons, YFCU President, to provide a Massey Ferguson tractor to lead her sponsored cycle run in aid of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster’s 90th Anniversary fund as well as Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.
The charities are doing great work and we hope the presence of a large, red tractor will generate great interest and support.”
For information or to donate call 028 9037 0713.
Roberta’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/ROBERTA-SIMMONS1