WITH a top speed of just 23km/h this little tractor is set to journey across the Orange region for a good cause.
John Sharp will hit the road with team-mate Ken Perry today, taking part in the annual Tractor Trek for Camp Quality.
They will be among 30 tractors and drivers in the three-day trek from Orange to Millthorpe, Blayney, Newbridge, Rockley, Oberon, Portland, Bathurst and back to Orange.
Camp Quality assists 42 children and their families across the central west who have been impacted by cancer.
Mr Sharp said he has been looking forward to hitting the open road in his International Harvester 885 tractor.
“The fellowship and camaraderie is great, but the biggest thing is the fundraising activities,” he said.
“You get to see everything out there, you see and smell everything at 23km/h.”
Mr Sharp’s other International Harvester 885 tractor will be driven in the trek by his sons Ben and Sam Sharp.
“The biggest winners out of all this are the children and their parents,” he said.
The four men have already raised a total of $5000 for Camp Quality.
Trek director and co-ordinator Graeme Eggleston said this year’s trek has already exceeded last year’s, with double the number of vehicles set to take part.
“I think people see it as a very worthy cause and they want to get involved,” he said.
Mr Eggleston said prior to rolling a wheel this year’s trek had already raised over $135,000.
The tractor trekkers will leave from Orange Showground today at 7.30pm and will arrive back into Orange at 3.15pm on Saturday at McNamara Lane, next to Robertson Park.
Come along to view the tractors or have a sausage sandwich thanks to Orange’s various Lions Clubs.