The 2015 Pink Tractor Trek, that raised $380,000 for the McGrath Foundation, has been transformed into a book that will ‘rev up’ that fundraising total.
On October 9, 2015, Hugh Bateman set off from Mudgee on the trip of a lifetime – aboard a pink tractor. That unusual 3000-kilometre adventure around NSW has just been turned into The Little Pink Tractor.
“I just felt that I needed to put it down in writing,” Hugh explained after picking up the book hot off the press on Wednesday.
“It’s the experiences of what happened right through the journey and how people were so helpful. When they saw the pink tractor they all heartily enjoyed the journey and were so generous,” he said.
Aside from the ‘adventure with heart’, the book also has a deeper message.
“It explains to children what happens when someone is affected by breast cancer, why I did the journey and what the McGrath nurses do to help mummies who get breast cancer,” Hugh said.
The beautiful illustrations will be familiar to many in the region with artist Rachael Flynn transforming her iconic Red Tractor Designs. “She’s so experienced in drawing tractors and I couldn’t think of anyone more appropriate to do my little pink tractor,” Hugh said.
The book fittingly ends, “I am going to drive around the country, along the sea and into the cities to raise money so there are more nurses to help all the sick people and their families.”
Glenn McGrath will officially release the book at the Pink Royale Ball on Saturday, with proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation.