Farmers Generously Support IHC


Media Release

28 March 2018


Farmers throughout New Zealand have raised $1.4 million nationally for IHC through the IHC Calf & Rural Scheme in the past 12 months to support people with intellectual disabilities.

This is down to the generosity of more than 3,500 farmers who pledged 4,341 calves, including virtual calves, to be sold on IHC’s behalf.

“IHC is so incredibly grateful to all the farmers who supported the Calf & Rural Scheme this year, and for their ongoing loyalty to the Scheme since it began 33 years ago,” says Greg Millar, IHC National Manager Fundraising.

More than $35 million has been raised through the Scheme for New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities since its inception in 1985. 

“The money raised is very important to the work IHC is able to do to each year, but the support of farmers and rural communities has always been much more than the money.

“Each and every year, these generous farmers have joined together with IHC to support people with intellectual disabilities to live active and satisfying lives in the community,” says Greg. 

For 30 of those years the Calf & Rural Scheme has also enjoyed the proud support of PGG Wrightson – one of New Zealand’s longest standing corporate sponsorships of charity.

“Thank you again to all our famers, canvassers, community groups as well as our transporters for all their hard work and support over the 2017/18 season, and we look forward to your continued support next season,” says Greg.

IHC would also like to announce the winners of the Calf & Rural Scheme’s rural photo competition which is run every year alongside the Scheme. Congratulations to:

07 Years and Younger       Nyla Lauridsen (Te Awamutu)

08-12 Years Age Group      Maria Barrow (Dannevirke)             

13-18 Years Age Group      Anne Barrow (Dannevirke)             

18+ Age Group                     Michele van Zyl (Gore)                    



For more information and high resolution versions of the below images please contact:

Phillip Wakefield
IHC Senior Communication Advisor
022 010 4437 


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7 & Under

Nyla Lauridsen, 7
Te Awamutu

Evie, 3, had overcome her fear of the calves and was unexpectedly in the pen. Nyla grabbed her Mum's phone for a quick photo just as Evie was letting a new calf lick her face.

8-12 Years

Maria Barrow, 12

Maria and her sister Anne set out on a farm walk on the family's Maharahara farm, outside Dannevirke, to take photographs for the Photo Competition. Both were category winners.

13-18 Years

Anne Barrow,14

Maria posed for Anne's winning photograph. An eye for a good image runs in the Barrow family - their older sister Trudy won the 13-18 years category last year.

18 Years+

Michelle Van Zyl

Michelle is the sole calf-rearer on this new Wendonside dairy farm. She says this wasn't a posed shot. She looked up and there was Femi, their young Australian terrier, sitting alongside a bull calf.