Calves raise funds for IHC

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The first pens of calves do­nated by farm­ers to IHC this year were sold in Paeroa last Fri­day.

The Paeroa sale started the 2016/17 sea­son and is one of 19 stock sales through­out New Zealand where do­nated calves are auc­tioned in PGGWright­son sa­le­yards to raise money to sup­port peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

About 100 calves were auc­tioned in Paeroa, all do­nated by lo­cal farm­ers. Hot on its heels is the Rangiuru sale out­side Te Puke to­mor­row and the big­gest sale at Frank­ton sale on Mon­day, Novem­ber 7 with about 580 calves up for sale.

In the 32 years the scheme has been run­ning, the IHC Calf and Ru­ral Scheme has raised more than $30 mil­lion.

IHC’s na­tional fundrais­ing man­ager Eleisha McNeill said farm­ers have dug deep this year to do­nate more than 3000 calves.

“It’s al­ways great to get out there and meet the farm­ers who do­nate to IHC,” said McNeill.

“What’s es­pe­cially won­der­ful is talk­ing to sec­ond and third gen­er­a­tions of farm­ers who have be­come donors, and hear­ing how rais­ing an IHC calf has be­come part of the fam­ily busi­ness for them.

“Farm­ers should be so proud of the sup­port they pro­vide for peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

“Giv­ing a calf is a huge help and a gen­er­ous do­na­tion, and we are very grate­ful.”

The Calf and Ru­ral Scheme raises about $1 mil­lion each year for IHC. This money helps IHC pro­vide es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion and sup­port for peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies, along with ad­vo­cacy ser­vices, friend­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, and sup­port for peo­ple to learn new skills and achieve goals.

IHC is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come along to the sales. You can find your lo­cal sale by vis­it­ing ihc.org.nz/calf-and-ru­ralscheme

From left, PGG Wright­son stock agent Neil Lyons, IHC Calf Scheme ad­min­is­tra­tors Lynda Young-Kennedy and Anne Ja­cob­sen, Basil Lam­bert, can­vasser for last sea­son Gail Mitchell and Chris­tine Lam­bert. Basil and Chris­tine Lam­bert owned a truck­ing busi­ness last year and col­lected calves in Toko­roa/Pu­taruru.

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