The Irish Pilgrimage Trust is celebrating its 50th anniversary by raffling a “tractor that defined a generation”.
The charity provides much-needed support and care for young people with special or additional needs, and their families.
Organisers – a group of volunteer carers – argued that the prize, a restored vintage Ferguson TE20 Tractor, is one of the most iconic tractors in history.
Produced in the late 1940s and 1950s on a design of Co. Down-born inventor, Harry Ferguson, the ‘Little Grey Fergie’ “transformed modern agriculture as we know it,” they said in a statement.
In a statement, a spokesperson told That’s Farming:
“As volunteers, we have seen first-hand how the experiences and friendships made have benefited young people across the country.”
“Like many charities, the last 12 months has seen the Irish Pilgrimage Trust severely restricted in what we can do, and the bulk of our income wiped out. The charity receives no state support.”
“As a group of former and current volunteer carers, we recognise the value of the work this wonderful organisation undertakes.”
“We wanted to do something to support it, to help ensure that when the time comes, ‘The Trust’ has the resources to once again offer its support to young people and families who need it.”
“First built 75 years ago, the Little Grey Fergie still holds great affection for many people and is in strong demand from vintage enthusiasts.”
“Given that the Irish Pilgrimage Trust is 50-years-old what better tractor to raffle than this wonderful little machine that is celebrating its own big birthday.”
According to organisers, the tractor has received much restoration work, including painting and new wheels. Local businesses and supporters covered the costs of all works.
Draw and how to purchase tickets
The raffle takes place on December 8th, 2021.
“One lucky winner will have a classic Fergie on their driveway or in their yard for Christmas,” the spokesperson added.
Tickets are only €10, with all funds going directly to supporting The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. You can purchase tickets online via this website or by phoning +353(0)91 796622 from 10 am Monday – Friday.
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