Young farmers raise $12,000 for North Canterbury peers

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Farmers throughout Southland and Otago emptied their pockets for their comrades in North Canterbury last week, raising $12,000 to be sent north for Christmas.
More than 100 people attended the Otago-Southland Young Farmers’ “Taking Christmas to Canterbury” fundraiser in Gore last Thursday.
Organiser Olivia Ross said the fundraiser was a great success, and raising $12,000 was a huge achievement.
Some clubs and organisations made big donations to the cause, including $500 from the Wyndham Young Farmers Club, $2200 from the West Otago Young Farmers Club, which held a quiz night a couple of weeks ago, $1000 from the Upper Manuherikia Young Farmers Club and $500 each from DairyNZ
and Beef and Lamb New Zealand towards organising the evening, she said.
“The rest was raised in the auction and door sales and raffles,” Miss Ross said.
The organisers knew many people would be taking advantage of the good weather and be out doing tractor work and the like, Miss Ross said.
Commonwealth Games 10,000m gold medallist Richard (Dick) Tayler was the star of the night.
“He knows how to entertain a crowd,” she said.
Mr Tayler was giving his services in exchange for some home kill.
Peter Walsh and Associates auctioneer Ethan Bloomfield ran the auction, while Jamie Mackay was the MC for the evening.
Miss Ross said the night could not have been as successful or even happened without the support of sponsors.
“And the Gore Town and Country Club donated the venue for nothing, as well as a percentage of the bar takings.”
The $12,000 would be given to Federated Farmers and the Tasman Young Farmers groups to use where it was most needed.
“It all comes in waves. We’re helping them out and there will be a time when we need their help again,” she said.
She was also travelling to North Canterbury to lend a hand as part of her work with Beef and Lamb New Zealand, she said.