Promising signs for IHC Calf and Rural Scheme target

Media release

10 December 2018

IHC is encouraged with the support received so far in this year’s Calf and Rural Scheme.

Since making the announcement to suspend the transportation of livestock because of Mycoplasma bovis, the rural community has raised more than half of what could have been a $1 million funding shortfall for people with intellectual disabilities.

IHC National Director of Fundraising Greg Millar says that while it was an incredibly tough choice to make, the positive feedback and generosity has exceeded expectations.

“It’s great to see that people are finding new and innovative ways to continue supporting people with intellectual disabilities,” says Greg.

“It has been a tremendously difficult year for the rural sector, and a learning year for IHC to determine the best steps moving forward.

“It’s so encouraging to see the farming community pull together to help out during this phase, and this money will go a long way to supporting people with intellectual disabilities in communities around New Zealand.

“With just a couple months left until the end of the season, it would be great to get over the $800,000 mark."

Greg says people can continue to donate a physical calf – they just need to get it to the sales themselves.

IHC is still reviewing how this scheme will look in the years to come, but for now the virtual calf option, where people can donate in lieu of a calf, will remain.

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