Farmers donate stock for cancer fund
Stock agents hope farmers will give a few hoggets from each pen sold at the Hogget Fair at Feilding to support cancer societies in southern North Island.
Hogget donations are expected to raise thousands of dollars from sales at the Feilding saleyards on August 9.
The Cancer Society of New Zealand said it was committed to reducing the impact and incidence of cancer in rural communities.
PGG Wrightson stock agent Maurice Stewart said he was supporting the effort and hoped $15,000 would be raised from the overall sale of 10,000 to 15,000 sheep.
‘‘That’s about one sheep per client. The sheep will be worth about $150 each.’’
He said there would be no yard fees or commission charged on sheep donated by either PGG Wrightson or Carrfields.
‘‘There will be a sticker on pens saying sheep are donated and all the revenue from those sheep will go to the Cancer Society,’’ Stewart said.
‘‘It is really important to people, all money raised will be spent in this region.’’
Stewart said anyone that could donate a hogget could contact either company.
A poster explaining how many sheep were being donated was being placed on each pen..
Stewart said some hoggets would be kept for breeding, but most of them were still classed as lambs and were likely to go to a meat processor.
He said the hoggets donated would be killed and the money passed on to the Cancer Society.
Farmer Ian Strahan at Kiwitea said he is going to donate two hoggets.
‘‘Everyone knows someone who has had cancer, or died from it.’’
He said it was one of the more important charities for rural people.
‘‘It is a good way to organise it. A lot of charities just ring up. This isn’t that, but is a practical way rural people can donate and help others.’’
Strahan said donating hoggets at the Hogget Fair would become an annual occurrence.
‘‘We want rural people to support it. We run a calf for IHC, and steers for [a Manawatu)] hospice. This is good way we can help the Cancer Society.’’
All proceeds will go to support cancer patients in Horowhenua, Manawatu, Tararua, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu.
The society said there were 400 rural patients each year.
The money will contribute towards the society providing support, counselling and will also help with research.
‘‘Despite receiving no direct government funding, and relying solely on donations and bequests to continue our work, we remain the only charity to address all cancers. It is great to see the rural community get behind this event,’’ said the chief executive of the Cancer Society of New Zealand Clare Crawley.
Stock agent Maurice Stewart holds a sheep at at the Feilding sale.