Schools cash in on bobby calves
HOW DO you turn 40 cents into more than $80,000? It’s easy – all you have to do is register your bobby calves with AFFCO this season and for every calf you supply, the company will donate 40 cents to the school of your choice.
Last year, this simple fund-raiser generated more than $80,000 for more than 300 schools.
This year AFFCO said it wants to give more and it’s urging farmers to get in behind the programme, which is called Cash for Schools and will this month kick off for autumn calves.
AFFCO bobby calf coordinator Janet Dench said the concept was introduced in 2005 and is based on the theory that a small sum can quickly become a very useful amount of money when it’s multiplied by several thousand.
The 40 cent donation is from AFFCO itself and does not come off the price paid to suppliers for their calves.
The largest single donation paid by AFFCO for the 2010/11 season was $1285 which, as Ms Dench pointed out, was a handy chunk of change at the best of times, even more so when those on the receiving end didn’t have to sell a single raffle ticket or bake another cake to benefit.
‘‘School fund-raising can be an on-going challenge in rural communities. The beauty of Cash for Schools is that the schools themselves don’t have to do anything and the farmers who supply us with calves don’t either,’’ she said.
All farmers have to do is nominate the rural primary school of choice when they register for AFFCO’s 2011 bobby calf season.
AFFCO head office takes care of the rest, keeping track of the number of calves sent in on behalf of each school throughout the season, then sending out the cheques.
‘‘Well-organised schools can turn this into a great opportunity to raise extra cash simply by making sure everyone at school knows about the programme and their families and friends do too. And there is no limit to the amount of money they can raise,’’ Ms Dench said.
For more details, phone AFFCO 0800 722 422.