Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By FIN­TAN LAMBE

AN up­turned quad with its driver trapped be­neath it in a farm­yard at Money­lawn, Gorey, re­cently, was a sober­ing re­minder of the dan­gers in­volved in the farm en­vi­ron­ment.

This was just one of a se­ries of farm safety dis­plays and demon­stra­tions at the open day at the farm of Les­lie Dixon. The event, or­gan­ised by a new char­ity, Aware­ness Head to Toe, was at­tended by around 500 peo­ple, with some trav­el­ling from as far away as Gal­way and Meath.

The fo­cus of the day was on farm safety, health, and men­tal health. In­for­ma­tion stands on a range of farm­ing ser­vices, and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in health and men­tal health were also set up.

Some 25 staged ac­ci­dents high­lighted the dan­gers of us­ing a power drive; not ap­ply­ing a trac­tor hand­brake prop­erly; and work­ing with slurry, and with live­stock. A chil­dren’s safe area, run by IFA Farm Fam­i­lies, was busy all day.

Blood pres­sure and di­a­betes test­ing was of­fered by McCauley’s Phar­macy in Gorey, while the Civil De­fence did de­fib­ril­la­tor demon­stra­tions, and handed out rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion.

There were talks on var­i­ous top­ics in­clud­ing farm safety by Wil­lie Byrne of Farm Re­lief Ser­vices; a per­sonal health ex­pe­ri­ence by Colm Do­ran; and on men­tal health by Ge­orge Gra­ham. Those present also heard from, among oth­ers, John McNa­mara of Tea­gasc; Pat Grif­fin from the HSA; and Sgt Bren­dan Moore, who spoke about crime pre­ven­tion.

Aware­ness Head to Toe chair­man Ge­orge Gra­ham was de­lighted with how their first event went. ‘A lot of peo­ple stayed for the full day,’ he said. En­try to the event was free, and a team of ladies were on hand to of­fer free tea and re­fresh­ments. Ge­orge com­mented that the chance to sit and chat was a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant as­pect of the event.

Sin­cere thanks went to all who con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the day, in­clud­ing those who pre­pared and do­nated re­fresh­ments; those who helped set up and dis­man­tle ev­ery­thing after­wards; farmer Les­lie Dixon for host­ing; Canon Mark Hay­den and Fr Tomás Ke­hoe for their open­ing words; all who lent equip­ment; the spon­sors; the hard-work­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers; all who spoke or took part; and all who at­tended.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers at the farm safety and men­tal health open day at the farm of Les­lie Dixon at Money­lawn, Gorey.

Left: Les­lie Dixon, who hosted the farm safety event on his farm at Money­lawn, Gorey; ABOVE: Brian Cleary with his sis­ter, Eva Cleary and Noreen Kelly of Gar­diner Grain.

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