Charity cowboy hits 400,000-mile mark
Published 31/10/2011 | 05:00
A REAL-LIFE cowboy will break the 400,000-mile mark for charity this week.
Thomas Crowley, from Charleville, Co Cork, is set to complete a tight eight-day schedule to deliver in-calf Irish heifers to destitute families across two continents for aid organisation Bothar.
He has already clocked up enough miles delivering animals to impoverished nations for Bothar to circumnavigate the globe 16 times since making his first trip 12 years ago.
And this week he will break the 400,000-mile mark as he completes a gruelling eight-day schedule in which he will oversee airlifts of over 280 cattle to three European and one African nation, clocking up 19,000 miles in the process.
The airlifts, with stock valued at over €420,000, will bring much-needed relief and self-sufficiency to families in Albania, Kosovo and Rwanda and to some 200 children at a Romanian orphanage.
Speaking after completing half the schedule, Mr Crowley said that witnessing families in some of the world's most impoverished locations achieve self sufficiency makes every one of the miles worth it.
He has presided over the airlift of more than 3,500 heifers.