It will start out as a simple journey for Darren Hayes to raise money for the Riley Children’s Foundation and Ronald Mcdonald House, in honor of his close friend Matt who has recently been diagnosed with 2 inoperable cancerous brain tumors. Unfortunately, Matt has lost his daughter about a year ago to the same issues. It has been a long, tough road for Matt and his family this last year and Matt is still more concerned with helping others with his similar health conditions rather than pity himself for what he is going through. That is the kind of strength that comes from a man facing challenges that most of us will never be faced with.
When Darren became aware of this news, he decided to do more than just give his condolences, he is going to donate 3 weeks of his life and do something strange to grab the attention of as many viewers as possible, to raise as much money as he can…….all while riding his 1952 John Deere 60 tractor from the John Deere Doctor in Chiefland Florida all the way to New Buffalo Michigan.
Why a John Deere tractor you ask?? Because you don’t notice someone walking down the street or driving down the street in a normal car. However, you will surely notice a huge bright green John Deere rolling down the street in front of you! The John Deere is probably the only type of tractor tough enough to make a journey like this and in such green and yellow style. You can look for the tractor which will be plastered in signage about the event and the website. So, when you see the tractor, take a pic and post it here on the site and let us know you saw Darren, tell your friends and do anything you can to raise the donation amount to The Riley Children’s Foundation, even $1 is greatly appreciated. If a few hundred thousand people donate $1, you do the math. Darren can make a difference and you can help him.
It doesn’t stop there…………………….
You country bumpkins may be familiar with a little ditty by Lee Brice called “Parking Lot Party”. Well Darren plans on making that a reality. Not only is he driving a 1952 John Deere across the country but, he is doing it with a small stage in tow. He plans to pull into as many busy parking lots as possible, break out his guitar and give the folks a show. Who knows what he will be singing, I guess you will have to hope to be one of the lucky ones to be in the parking lot he chooses that day. What better way to give back then to go across the country making people smile and changing up their planned day, even if it’s just for a song or two.
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