Tractor trek through Europe for children in Chad

Tractor trek through Europe for children in Chad

Trelleborg supported the initiative ‘The Cape North Adventure,’ which saw a Massey Ferguson tractor trek across Europe to raise funds for an agricultural school in the African country Chad.

The donation of Trelleborg’s high-performance TM800 tires to the Massey Ferguson gold MF 7624 tractor ensured that it could travel an incredible 13,000 km through 17 European countries in less than two months.

“As a partner of Massey Ferguson in everything ranging from product development through to marketing, we were keen to show our support for this worthwhile project. It is not only raising funds for a fantastic cause, but it is also promoting professional farming in emerging markets and in weaker economies across Europe,” says Stefano Bettinelli, Original Equipment (OE) Director at Trelleborg Wheel Systems.

‘The Cape North Adventure’ was initiated by the duo Gianni Brovida – a Massey Ferguson customer – and Leonardo Cavazzi, a veteran of many cycling adventures around the world. They had joked about a shared adventure – in a tractor. When the dream became reality, the humanitarian aspect became a key part of the trip for the two men.

The agricultural school in Chad, which is one of the world’s poorest countries, supports children whose parents have died from AIDS. The aim of the historic tractor journey is to collect as much money as possible en route to donate to the school so that, as they say, ‘the Cape North sun will shine on Chad.’

The tractor started out from Italy on June 10, 2012, and made its way through Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Baltics to Norway and returned via Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and France. The duo drove for between eight and ten hours every day and returned home to Italy at the end of July.

Trelleborg’s donation of highly robust tractor tires helped Gianni and Leonardo to travel more safely.

“The safety and comfort of the tractor drivers was a crucial element considering the length and terrain of the journey,” concludes Stefano Bettinelli.

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