Moo-lah raised for Hospice Southland

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

Strug­gling fam­i­lies with loved ones in hospice care will get a help­ing hand, with more than $50,000 be­ing do­nated at a calf rear­ing fundraiser.

Hospice Southland chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Leys said it was the first year the or­gan­i­sa­tion used calf rear­ing as a fundraiser.

There was a turnout of 107 calves, one 2-year-old heifer and 14 vir­tual calves, mean­ing the farmer do­nated the av­er­age price of calves rather than sell­ing them on the day.

All money raised went to hospice.

About 150 peo­ple gath­ered at the auc­tion at Lorneville Sa­le­yards on Tues­day.

The lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity em­braced the day, rais­ing more than the tar­get of $50,000. From the sales $50,280 was raised.

‘‘It’s a com­bi­na­tion of a lot of work. Hospice Southland re­quires a lot of com­mu­nity fund­ing,’’ Leys said.

‘‘We have been over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of our lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity, and the do­nated calves will en­able hospice to pro­vide the very best pal­lia­tive care for fam­i­lies with a loved one fac­ing a ter­mi­nal di­ag­no­sis in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s an­other great ex­am­ple of what a great com­mu­nity we have here ... we are very, very grate­ful for our com­mu­nity.’’

The money raised from the day would go to­wards ‘‘pro­vid­ing the best care for pa­tients and fam­i­lies within our com­mu­nity’’, he said.

Leys hoped the event would be­come an an­nual fundraiser for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and ex­pected it to grow in num­bers.

Calf rear­ing schemes were pop­u­lar in schools and were used as a fundraiser for a hospice or­gan­i­sa­tion in Palmer­ston North, he said.

‘‘It’s been on my radar for years.’’

Peter Walsh & As­so­ciates/ South Stock live­stock agent Mur­ray Mitchell said hospice was a good cause to sup­port be­cause it was ‘‘very much on peo­ple’s minds’’.

‘‘Very few peo­ple haven’t been af­fected by cancer in some way.’’

A lot of peo­ple would know some­one who had been in hospice care, he said.

‘‘It’s just an­other case of peo­ple be­ing gen­er­ous.’’

The auc­tion took about 10 months to or­gan­ise, as well as months for the farm­ers to rear the calves in prepa­ra­tion for the sale.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

‘‘It's an­other great ex­am­ple of what a great com­mu­nity we have here.’’

An­drew Leys Mur­ray Mitchell, An­drew Leys, Jenny Holms, An­nette Alexan­der and Ma­ree Ron­ald with sold calves.

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