Friends and family of the late James Cull will host their third tractor run in aid of North West STOP on St Stephen’s Day.
James was a young farmer who unfortunately lost his battle with depression in 2019.
Over the past two years, the run has had over 200 tractors and 100s of spectators and has raised over €55,000 in donations, which equates to circa 1,300 free counselling sessions.
James Cull Memorial Tractor Run
This year’s run will commence at the football pitch in Arigna, County Roscommon. Registration will be open from 11 am on the day, with the run set to commence at 1 pm.
The route will start in Arigna before heading out to Drumkeeran via the main road, and returning to Arigna via the Black Banks, “the more scenic route” from Drumkeeran to Arigna.
A spokesperson, on behalf of organisers, told That’s Farming: “Let this be a day for everyone to look forward to, to come out with their family and friends and witness the power of people in rural communities when they get together. We look forward to seeing you all on the 26th.”
“The Cull family and committee would like to thank everyone for their constant generosity and kindness. It is appreciated beyond words.”
North West STOP
North West STOP is a non-profitable suicide prevention organisation that offers up to eight free counselling sessions for all ages that cover counties such as Sligo, Longford, Leitrim, Donegal, Roscommon, Cavan, Mayo, and Galway.
The spokesperson added: “North West STOP has been beyond good to his friends and family, leaving the organisation very close to their hearts.”
“STOP receives no government funding; therefore, they rely entirely on donations and the generosity of the public to continue their services.”
“The most important thing about STOP is that there are nearly no waiting lists, so anyone who needs help will be seen immediately.”
“They are also the only organisation in the North West that provides an out-of-hours service, which basically means if you want to see a counsellor in the evening or at the weekends, then they can do that.”
“A lot of people do not prioritise their mental health because of work or family commitments, but with STOP, they make it more accessible,” they concluded.