by MARY MAGEE
"Old and the New - Alan
Ross and Michael Timmons with the tractors
to be used in the road run, namely a John
Deere 6920S and Massey Ferguson 35X
US3508-403PM Pic by Paul Murphy
TWO Ballinderry men will be using their hobby of tractor
rallying to help raise money for neighbour Alan Stitt who is
going to China to have stem cell treatment for his motor neurone
disease next month.
Michael Timmons and friend Alan Ross hope to
raise up to £2,000 in a one off private tractor rally on
The rally starts at 10am and it will be a ten
mile journey starting at Lower Ballinderry. It will follow a
route to Station Road, past Mcllroys pub to Bell's Corner back
to Ballinderry again.
The event will he open to all tractors old and
new, big or small. There will be light refreshments served at
the end of the drive. Michael said: "I saw the article in the
paper about Alan who is a neighbour of mine and I just wanted to
do something to help him. I said to my wife we had to do
something to help and she agreed."
It was when Michael met his friend Alan,
chairperson of the Glenavy Vintage Rally Club, one day at a
nearby filling station that they came up with the idea to hold a
"We would encourage local farmers to come out
and join us," Michael said. We are doing this fundraising event
on our own and it is nothing to do with the club. I thought it
would be a good way of raising money quickly as I know that Alan
is going away soon."
Drivers must have their own insurance and
passengers will not be permitted unless on an approved seat.
Anyone who would like more information should
ring Alan on 07765485060 or Michael on 0779 3325273.