Moo-lah raised for Hospice Southland
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.
‘‘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.