At­tend­ing Fiel­d­ays could save lives

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR HEALTH - MIKE BAIN

At­tend­ing Fiel­d­ays at Mys­tery Creek turned out to be a life sav­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for some vis­i­tors this year.

Fiel­d­ays chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Na­tion said the new Health Hub, which aimed to put ru­ral health in the spot­light, ‘‘be­came a game changer for 10 fam­i­lies’’.

The hub dis­cov­ered 10 cases of skin can­cers dur­ing checks of as many peo­ple.

‘‘The fact, 10 skin can­cers were picked up, along with sev­eral other sig­nif­i­cant health is­sues was as­tound­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘The health of those work­ing on the land is im­por­tant and some­times ig­nored.

‘‘By hav­ing the health hub on site it pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to have is­sues like me­lanoma to their at­ten­tion.

‘‘We’re proud to have been able to pro­vide such a pos­i­tive plat­form to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of ru­ral health and pos­si­bly save a life.’’

Adding onto other pos­i­tives of the Fiel­d­ays event, it was able to re­cy­cle or re­use 47 per cent of the event’s waste, pre­vent­ing it from go­ing into land­fill.

A record 10,680 vis­i­tors trav­elled to Fiel­d­ays by pub­lic trans­port re­sult­ing in a no­tice­able re­duc­tion in road traf­fic.

‘‘We es­ti­mate the pub­lic trans­port pro­vided took about 5000 cars off the road. Peo­ple were con­stantly telling us how much eas­ier the traf­fic was this year,’’ said Na­tion.

Na­tion said the theme for Fiel­d­ays 50th an­niver­sary next year will be the ‘‘Fu­ture of Farm­ing’’.

The 2018 event is shap­ing up to be the big­gest and best yet, and will also cel­e­brate the widerang­ing con­tri­bu­tions Fiel­d­ays made to the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try since its in­cep­tion in 1968.

‘‘We have a re­ally proud his­tory as a world-class agri­cul­tural show­case and it has come a long way from an event aimed at get­ting farm­ers to­gether and bridg­ing the ru­ral and ur­ban gap,’’ Na­tion said.

‘‘Fiel­d­ays con­tin­u­ally looks to the fu­ture and the ad­vance­ment of agri­cul­ture, agribusi­ness and agritech, and pro­mot­ing the pri­mary in­dus­tries in New Zealand and around the world.’’

The 50th New Zealand Agri­cul­tural Fiel­d­ays will be held form June 13-16, 2018.

The Health Hub at Fiel­d­ays pro­vided in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays like this to show how sun­screen works on skin.

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