Farm­ers Clubs’ first fundraiser

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Mem­bers of North­ern South­land Col­lege’s new Young Farmer’s Club have found out that fundrais­ing isn’t easy, but they’ve man­aged to share some of their hard-earned cash with fel­low class­mates.

Pupils of the school have set up the club this year with help from Otago South­land TeenAg ad­vi­sor Leanne Wood­head.

They join quite a few clubs set up in South­land.

NSC YFC sup­port teacher Jean Lit­tle said Wood­head sug­gested some ini­tial projects for the club to get started on.

‘‘One idea they took up was to de­sign a jer­sey or some sort of top as a uni­form and seek spon­sor­ship or do some sort of fundrais­ing so they didn’t have to pay the to­tal cost of purchase them­selves.

‘‘Nic Bennett, mother of the club pres­i­dent, Josh Bennett, was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up and or­gan­is­ing much of this.’’

Pupils de­cided on ready-made jer­seys from the lo­cal Farm­land’s branch which were good qual­ity ca­sual farm jer­seys. They would cost $80 each. ‘‘They listed busi­nesses in Bal­four, Athol, Lums­den and Moss­burn, made up a flyer and a let­ter and shared out vis­it­ing all those busi­nesses be­tween the 15 mem­bers,’’Lit­tle said.

‘‘Nic vis­ited many more in Gore, re­sult­ing in great raf­fle and quiz prizes as well as auc­tion prizes for their planned quiz night, with the gen­eros­ity greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the stu­dents.’’

Lit­tle said it was a huge ef­fort by all in­volved.

‘‘They felt it was well worth it as the jer­seys cost them $10 or $20 each in the end de­pend­ing on the ef­fort they put in in­di­vid­u­ally

‘‘This cost in­cluded the lo­gos of YFC, NSC and South­ern Work­wear, which did the let­ter­ing for free.’’

The team shared some of the gen­eros­ity they’d ex­pe­ri­enced with some of the school’s other pupils.

‘‘The quiz raised more money than was needed for the jer­seys, so some of it went as a do­na­tion to the Agrikids team who went to the fi­nals in Field­ing, with a small amount kept in the club for fu­ture events.

‘‘The team mem­bers are de­lighted with their new jer­seys which look very smart when we are on YFC out­ings, busi­ness or com­pe­ti­tions.’’

‘‘The team mem­bers are de­lighted with their new jer­seys which look very smart when we are on YFC out­ings, busi­ness or com­pe­ti­tions.’’

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