Kidney donor Darren Martin and his kidney recipient father Liam
A Templederry farmer who benefited from a kidney donated by his son has chosen to put up a prized heifer for raffle at the upcoming National Ploughing Championships.
The aim is to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association and increase organ donor awareness, with a raffle for the heifer at the Irish Simmental Society stand.
Suckler farmer Liam Martin from Templederry in Nenagh, whose son Darren donated a kidney to him in April 2015 (when Darren was just 25 years old) has kindly offered to donate a heifer for a raffle which he will be bringing along to the event and displaying there as well his prized plough bull.
Liam plans to travel back and forth to the Ploughing Championships for the three days while his kidney donor son will not be able to as he is working in Germany. Liam plans to wash the heifer today so that she will look her best for the Championships and any photos that people might wish to take of her.
Liam enjoys attending the Ploughing Championships every year and in fact when he was waiting for a kidney transplant he turned down an important hospital appointment in order to attend the ploughing instead but it was rescheduled for a few days later.
Prior to Liam's kidney transplant, Darren turned down a university place in Austria to do his Masters as he was concerned for his father who had been quite unwell with dialysis treatment which he commenced on Christmas eve 2012 and instead decided to put himself forward for the living donation process.
At the Irish Kidney Association stand (no. 666) there will also be a raffle for another heifer, a pedigree Friesian heifer. The heifer has been kindly donated by father and son Larry and Kieran Dunican from Horseleap, Co Westmeath. We understand that the animal won't be transported to Screggan for the Ploughing. Larry is a kidney transplant recipient and his wife Eileen is the Treasurer of the Westmeath branch of the Irish Kidney Association. Second prize in the raffle is a Karcher K 5 power washer and third prize is 2 nights and breakfast for two staying at Lough Rynn Castle.
The National Ploughing Championships taking place from September 18 to 20th in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly, and is not to be missed.