This month will see a vintage Ford 4600 travel non-stop from Mizen Head in west Cork to Malin Head in Co Donegal with a team of volunteers and mechanics on a unique fundraising mission.
The 620km road trip has been organised by a group of men from Crossdoney and Stradone, Co Cavan, in aid of two local and deserving charities: Cavan and Monaghan Cancer Homecare/ Palliative Care.
The Cancer Tractor Run was the brainchild of Michael O'Reilly, whose sister died earlier this year in St Christopher's Hospice, Cavan.
Together with Joe Ebbit, of Crossdoney Tractor Sales, they came up with the novel idea of the non-stop tractor run across the country using the vintage Ford 4600.
In order to promote the businesses and individuals who support the cause, the vintage tractor will be towing a custom-made wagon which will display the logos and names of the sponsors and supporters.
Amatino Partners Accountants and Business Advisors, based in Cavan and Monaghan, is the main sponsor of the run.
"The run will be an endurance test for the team," Mr O'Reilly said. "When the Ford 4600 was built, there was no cab, which means the drivers will be exposed to changeable weather conditions throughout the journey, but it will all be worth it to support the fantastic work of the chosen charities"
The Cancer Tractor Run journey will take two days, leaving Mizen Head in Cork on Saturday, July 22, and will complete its journey on Sunday, July 23.
The run will pass through Mallow, Limerick, Athlone, Granard, Ballinagh, Cavan, Enniskillen, Omagh, Letterkenny and many more towns along its way. The Cancer Tractor Run Facebook page will update followers on the progress and route plans.
All donations to this worthy cause would be gratefully received and can be sent to: The Cancer Tractor Run, c/o Crossdoney Tractor Sales, Crossdoney, Co Cavan, or lodged to account 104 92 400, sort code 98 54 50 in the Ulster Bank, Main Street, Cavan. Any enquiries to Mr O'Reilly at 085 174 1923.