Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


M. bovis won’t stop IHC’s rural fundraising efforts

The rural community is rallying around IHC’s efforts to find alternative ways to raise a $1 million funding target without increasing the risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis.

Earlier this month, IHC made the call to suspend its transfer and sales of livestock as part of its Calf and Rural Scheme for the first time in 33 years.

DairyNZ, along with Allflex and PGG Wrightson Livestock, have jumped on board to offer their support by creating an innovative way farmers can still donate an animal.

In their latest issue of Inside Dairy, they’ve attached a special pink ear-tag, which farmers can attach to a calf that they commit to rearing alongside their replacement heifers, or dairy beef – and then send as part of their normal sale of the surplus calves – the proceeds of which will go to IHC.

IHC is encouraged by the generosity from the rural community, but naturally we will be monitoring closely to see if this will translate into donations to meet our fundraising target.

“This isn’t an easy time for farmers, but they have continued to show such generosity and support for IHC and the Calf and Rural Scheme,” says IHC National Manager Fundraising Greg Millar.

“We aren’t out of the woods just yet – we’ve reached just 15 per cent of our funding target and so we still have a long way to go.

“But we’re grateful that so many people around New Zealand have backed our decision – and not only that, but have rallied to come up with alternative solutions to make up for what could have been a funding shortfall.

“The cumulative impact of these small individual efforts will have a real effect on the lives and futures of people with intellectual disabilities.

“IHC canvassers still touring the country to meet with farmers have told us of the unwavering support from the rural community based on IHC’s decision to suspend crucial aspects of the Calf and Rural Scheme.

“This is a real testament to the hard work, innovation and generosity that farmers around New Zealand have shown us since the scheme began back in 1984.

“This disease isn’t going to affect who we are, our sense of community, or what we do,” says Greg.

It’s not just the rural community banding together to help – one self-proclaimed “townie” Jacky Braid, a teacher from Hastings, says when she realised the likely impact on the Calf and Rural Scheme fundraiser, she decided to act.

Jacky sent the word out to her Twitter followers with the idea of pooling enough money to buy one or two calves. And in less than two weeks, 72 people from as far away as the United States and Austria contributed $2,100 to pay for seven virtual calves.

IHC would like to encourage people who want to continue to support people with intellectual disabilities to head to www.ihc.org.nz/pledge and donate in any of the following ways:

- Take part in our virtual rural scheme by donating $300 (or $25 a month) in lieu of livestock

- Register a calf to IHC that that you would rear alongside your replacement heifers or dairy beef, and then send as part of the normal sale of your surplus calves.

- Register a pledge of other livestock or produce

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Anti-Corbyn Split In British Labour

The resignation of seven UK Labour MPs in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is another example of the centre-left’s readiness to sabotage its own cause – such things are always allegedly done on principle – even if the outcome hands the country over to Conservative rule for five more years.

Certainly, a technician hot-miked at the splitters’ press conference was pretty sure this would now be the outcome, and he accidentally informed the nation to that effect. More>>


Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>


Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>


Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>


Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>


Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>





InfoPages News Channels