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Firestone sponsor BOAT Tractor 2012

30 Mar 2012

A charity that helps train third world farmers is being supported by agricultural tyre manufacturer Firestone. BOAT (Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust) restores old tractors and then raffles off the vehicle, donating money to its training scheme.

This year Firestone tyres will be providing a set of tyres for a Ford 3000. Money raised from the raffle ensures that the charity is able to continue to provide specialist training for its delegates that travel from countries far afield, often located in Africa. BOAT was founded in 1991 by a group of farmers in Devon, as a registered charity, it focuses on helping key personnel from the developing world who are responsible for making improvements to agricultural and rural life in their home countries.

Barry Coleman Firestone product manager said: “Over the last decade Firestone has worked at establishing a long standing relationship with BOAT. We are proud that after so many years BOAT still welcomes our sponsorship and holds us in such high esteem in terms of product and support.”

The Ford 3000 will be a key element in fundraising for BOAT. The tractor will be fully restored in May and will be exhibited at a number of agricultural shows throughout 2012 including the Firestone stand at the Royal Cornwall Show in June. Money raised will be used to secure flights, accommodation and training for the delegates.

The 2012 training course will commence in April at Bicton College and will seek to enhance skills and improve management capacity for its participants – making certain that they are able to return to their countries fully equipped with the skills to train their workers.

Bill Vellacott, Vice Chairman of BOAT said: “Firestone’s involvement has played a vital role in enabling us to preserve our mission statement of improving agriculture and livelihoods in the developing world. Last year saw the tractor raffle raise over £120,000 for the charity, so we are eager to break last year’s total of funds raised to ensure that we can offer training to as many delegates as possible.”

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