Restored tractor for raffle on Saturday night

Proceeds for Haiti project

The 60-year-old Massey Ferguson tractor which was recently restored by brothers John and Berney Higgins with the expert help of retired mechanic, Luke Cox will be raffled this Saturday night in The Central Bar, Roscommon (event begins at circa 9.30 pm).

  The trio have now completed the beautiful restoration of the vehicle.

  Proceeds from the raffle will go directly towards the Child of Haiti charity which is being supported by a number of locals. Towards the end of last year a number of volunteers from the Roscommon region travelled to Haiti to work on a school project and a number of them will be returning there during Easter 2017 as further support is urgently needed.

  Speaking to the Roscommon People last November, John Higgins, one of the Haiti volunteers, explained that Ronan Collier had kindly donated the tractor to PJ Maher in Ballyleague. When PJ was not in a position to travel to Haiti he passed the tractor on to John and his brother, Berney. They took it to Luke Cox, who was amazed to discover that he had worked on the very same tractor over forty years ago.

  The tractor, a 1955 Massey Ferguson TE 20 (Diesel) has now been beautifully restored. Raffle tickets (€10 each, 6 for €50) are available from John and Berney Higgins in Tulsk, Padraic Deane in Roscommon and/or in The Central on Saturday night. The winner will also have the option of choosing a cash alternative of €4,000 instead of the tractor.

  Saturday night’s big raffle will be the centrepiece of what promises to be a very enjoyable social evening, with music by local musicians. All are welcome.