Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers an­nounce win­ners

Souris Vil­lage Feast com­mit­tee among the hon­oured

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY | FEATURES -

The Souris Vil­lage Feast or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and a fam­ily-owned agri­cul­ture busi­ness in Al­bany are among the Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers Award Win­ners for 2017.

From a decade-long an­nual culi­nary fundrais­ing event held in Souris, to the com­mit­ment of Is­land Lime, this year’s Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers (FHF) awards high­lighted the con­tri­bu­tions to the work of the P.E.I.-based or­ga­ni­za­tion that works with part­ners in Kenya.

San­dra MacK­in­non, awards com­mit­tee mem­ber, says the suc­cess of any or­ga­ni­za­tion is de­pen­dent upon the com­mit­ment of its vol­un­teers and oth­ers.

“We are ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have in­di­vid­u­als and groups work­ing in part­ner­ship, and rais­ing funds to as­sist with the chal­lenges faced by many East African farm women and their fam­i­lies.”

The Honourary Life Mem­ber­ship for mem­bers who have made an out­stand­ing and sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion and its pur­pose goes to the Souris Vil­lage Feast Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee. This 11-mem­ber group has or­ga­nized the highly suc­cess­ful July meal-in-the-field event for over 1,000 at­ten­dees an­nu­ally for the past 10 years. The funds raised have been shared be­tween lo­cal

causes and Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers projects. Over $100,000 has been do­nated for the build­ing of 13 cook­houses in Kenya and to pay the wages for the gar­den­ers at the schools.

Is­land Lime man­ager Mary Robin­son, Al­bany, was pre­sented with a Friend of Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers Award which rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses who are not mem­bers of Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers, but who have made a last­ing and ex­tend­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Is­land Lime pro­vided fund­ing for the re-build­ing of a screen house at the Mi­toone School (a twin­ning school with West Kent El­e­men­tary School in Char­lot­te­town) af­ter it was de­stroyed ear­lier this year by hun­gry ele­phants. As a re­sult of this fi­nan­cial sup­port, the Kenyan stu­dents are again en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of fresh veg­eta­bles in their lunch meals.

Also re­ceiv­ing a Friend of Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers Award was the Em­power Sewing Group at the Vil­lage by the Ar­bore­tum in Guelph, Ont. This small group of vol­un­teers lead by Jean Hume pro­duced Days for Girls fem­i­nine kits.

This year, four mem­bers were rec­og­nized for the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award. Ellen Cud­more, Brack­ley Beach, has been a key or­ga­nizer of the an­nual fundrais­ing FHF bar­be­cue since its be­gin­ning in the early 1980s, an event that caters to over 725 peo­ple an­nu­ally. Carolyn Fran­cis, Wendy Mac­Don­ald, and Liz Townsend were rec­og­nized for their work with a new Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers project – The Safe and In­clu­sive Schools project. The project is fo­cused on mak­ing Kenyan twinned schools more pos­i­tive learn­ing spa­ces.

The Souris Re­gional High Twin­ning Pro­gram was the re­cip­i­ent of the Youth Award for its ef­forts in the FHF Twin­ning project. It is twinned with Ki­irua Pri­mary School, and the stu­dents ac­tively cor­re­spond with their Kenyan friends and or­ga­nize fundrais­ers to sup­port Kenyan school projects.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Is­land Lime and its man­ager, Mary Robin­son, re­ceived the Friend of Farm­ers Help­ing Farm­ers Award. From left are group pres­i­dent Rose­mary Her­bert, Cather­ine Roberts, Hazel Robin­son, who ac­cepted the award on be­half of Robin­son, and Teresa Mel­lish, the group’s co-or­di­na­tor.

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