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