4-H AB vir­tual Achieve­ment Days help ‘meat’ need to bridge beef sta­tus quo

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4-H mem­bers are set­ting an ex­am­ple for lead­er­ship and adapt­abil­ity in Al­berta. COVID-19 re­stric­tions on pub­lic gath­er­ings mean they’re do­ing an­nual project Achieve­ment events dif­fer­ently. By mov­ing sales on­line, they’re open­ing the doors to even more Al­ber­tans sup­port­ing the Char­ity Auc­tions.

There are 22 steers and 2 lambs, plus sev­eral other items, be­ing of­fered for sale by 4-H mem­bers this year, as part of their reg­u­lar com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity ser­vice. Pro­ceeds will be given to a des­ig­nated lo­cal char­ity that the youth have cho­sen to sup­port. Now peo­ple ev­ery­where can par­tic­i­pate in the char­ity auc­tions, and sup­port lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Suc­cess­ful buy­ers of 4-H an­i­mals can ei­ther keep the meat from them­selves OR do­nate a por­tion to lo­cal food banks.

In­spi­ra­tion abounds when it comes to these 4-H mem­bers. For in­stance, the Longview 4-H Beef Club has raised a steer named River, with do­na­tion pro­ceeds be­ing di­rected to the High River District Health Care Foun­da­tion’s COVID-19 Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Fund. A GoFundMe page was started to col­lect funds to pur­chase steers and lambs from Moun­tain­view District 4-H Clubs for the Moun­tain­view Food Bank. Even in­di­vid­ual mem­bers have done their part, like 12-year-old Eva Ketch­mark from Lomond. The Leth­bridge Soup Kitchen says Ketch­mark was so moved when she and some of her class­mates vol­un­teered at the Soup Kitchen, she de­cided to do­nate her steer project to the cause, know­ing many home­less peo­ple would be deeply af­fected by the COVID-19 pan­demic, and would need food. The fam­ily is do­nat­ing the meat pro­cess­ing costs as well as the meat, as a gift to that com­mu­nity.

“In spite of the bar­ri­ers cre­ated by COVID-19, 4-H clubs con­tinue to in­no­vate so that their char­ity auc­tions can con­tinue,” says Agri­cul­ture and Forestry Min­is­ter Devin Dreeshen.

Not all 4-H sales have char­ity an­i­mals for auc­tion, but some clubs are also pro­vid­ing a por­tion of the to­tal sales from the club to a lo­cal char­ity. So by bid­ding and buy­ing, Al­ber­tans are not only help­ing 4-H mem­bers who have raised these mar­ket an­i­mals, they can also ben­e­fit lo­cal char­i­ties with ad­di­tional funds.

There are ways to par­tic­i­pate 4-H and their lo­cal char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties:

1. View a com­plete list­ing of up­com­ing beef auc­tions hosted by 4-H clubs through­out the prov­ince by go­ing to the 4-H Al­berta web­site ( www.4h.ab.ca ). Find a club in your lo­cal area, view the lo­cal char­ity they are sup­port­ing, and con­tact the club for as­sis­tance with the on­line auc­tion. Then start bid­ding. 2. Con­tact the 4-H Foun­da­tion of Al­berta and make a fi­nan­cial do­na­tion. 4-H Al­berta will link you to the lo­cal 4-H club and the char­ity it is sup­port­ing. Through this method you sup­port the char­ity and re­ceive a char­i­ta­ble tax re­ceipt. Sales are run­ning through June, but many are be­ing done by pri­vate treaty.

With cur­rent high de­mand for mar­ket an­i­mals, they’re dis­ap­pear­ing quickly, so any in­ter­ested buy­ers should act promptly! Check out www.4h.ab.ca for dates and de­tails of the on­line sales, and the 4-H Al­berta Face­book page for video clips like this one: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui= 2&ik=8045263d2a&at­tid=0.1&per­mmsg id=msg-f:1666063588­235974846&th=171f 0c019e0498­be&view=att&disp=safe) as well as pho­tos of 4-H mem­bers and their projects sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

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