Schools cash in on bobby calves

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.

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