Farm­ers do­nate stock for can­cer fund

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Rural - JILL GAL­LOWAY

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.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

Stock agent Mau­rice Ste­wart holds a sheep at at the Feild­ing sale.

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