IHC Calf & Rural Scheme sales has kicked-off

MEDIA RELEASE
27 October 2015

The IHC Calf & Rural Scheme, supported by PGG Wrightson, had their first sale of the season last Friday.

IHC would like to thank all of those involved with the Calf & Rural Scheme. Without your support it wouldn’t be the success that it is. Thank you to the farmers, our sponsors, transporters, canvassers, volunteers and supporters!

IHC would also like to thank the buyers of the calves – without your generosity, IHC wouldn’t be able to provide the support for people with intellectual disabilities.

The Calf & Rural Scheme contributes enormously to IHC. With the help of 5,000 generous farmers, the Scheme raises more than $1 million each year.

The IHC Calf & Rural Scheme has been around since 1984. Norm Cashmore trialled the scheme in Taranaki, and encouraged by the response it was rolled out across the country and included all livestock. All Black great and sheep and beef farmer Sir Colin Meads is the Scheme’s patron. Colin has been involved with the IHC Calf & Rural Scheme for more than 30 years.

What concerns Colin now is the lack of employment opportunities for young people with disabilities. “I can remember the thrill of some of the people with intellectual disabilities getting their first pay. That was theirs; they were going to bank it.”

IHC is encouraging people to come along to the sales which are taking place all across the country.