Calves raise funds for IHC
The first pens of calves donated by farmers to IHC this year were sold in Paeroa last Friday.
The Paeroa sale started the 2016/17 season and is one of 19 stock sales throughout New Zealand where donated calves are auctioned in PGGWrightson saleyards to raise money to support people with intellectual disabilities.
About 100 calves were auctioned in Paeroa, all donated by local farmers. Hot on its heels is the Rangiuru sale outside Te Puke tomorrow and the biggest sale at Frankton sale on Monday, November 7 with about 580 calves up for sale.
In the 32 years the scheme has been running, the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme has raised more than $30 million.
IHC’s national fundraising manager Eleisha McNeill said farmers have dug deep this year to donate more than 3000 calves.
“It’s always great to get out there and meet the farmers who donate to IHC,” said McNeill.
“What’s especially wonderful is talking to second and third generations of farmers who have become donors, and hearing how raising an IHC calf has become part of the family business for them.
“Farmers should be so proud of the support they provide for people with intellectual disabilities.
“Giving a calf is a huge help and a generous donation, and we are very grateful.”
The Calf and Rural Scheme raises about $1 million each year for IHC. This money helps IHC provide essential information and support for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, along with advocacy services, friendship opportunities, and support for people to learn new skills and achieve goals.
IHC is encouraging people to come along to the sales. You can find your local sale by visiting ihc.org.nz/calf-and-ruralscheme
From left, PGG Wrightson stock agent Neil Lyons, IHC Calf Scheme administrators Lynda Young-Kennedy and Anne Jacobsen, Basil Lambert, canvasser for last season Gail Mitchell and Christine Lambert. Basil and Christine Lambert owned a trucking business last year and collected calves in Tokoroa/Putaruru.