Farmers support Cancer Society fundraiser at Feilding Hogget Fair
Rural people have got behind the Cancer Society after donating more than 60 hoggets for its cause at the Feilding Hogget fair.
The sheep made just over $11,000 and the money will be spent on support, research and health promotion in rural areas around Manawatu and Whanganui.
Stock companies PGG Wrightson and Carrfields joined forces to help support the cancer fundraiser.
PGG Wrightson said about 14,000 hoggets filled the saleyards.
Most farmers donated a hogget a pen, and the few that didn't quite often supported the Cancer Society with a donation
Carrfields said it sold about 3070 hoggets and all but two vendors donated sheep.
Some were woolly hoggets, and a few had been recently shorn.
Big hoggets sold for more than $200 to $129 for lighter ones. The average of donated sheep was $144 per head.
Cancer Society Central Districts special projects co-ordinator Steph Strahan said farmers had been generous donating hoggets during a wet and cold day.
"The generosity was very warm. What we managed to raise was fantastic since it is the first time we have done it. We hope to make it an annual event in the month of August, leading up to Daffodil Day. "
She said one generous Marton Farmer, John Turkington, donated 20 per cent of the total money raised.
"He created his own event within the sale. Once bidding started it was announced if the sheep made a certain price he would donate a lump sum to the Cancer Society – he did this on both his pens of sheep."
The Cancer Society aimed to use money raised from rural Manawatu and Wanganui communities for health promotion, support services, information and research, Strahan said.
"We receive no direct government funding and have over 400 rural cancer patients per year coming to the Cancer Society for support, so the money is much needed."
She said the money generated from the sale would be used to help fund the transport to treatment programme, provide face-to-face counselling sessions, help promote health education programmes such as Sunsmart and mens' health programmes, and would help fund research into the causes and treatment of cancer.
She said the fundraiser worked because farmers could see that the money raised was to be spent in rural areas and was not just a evening call to ask for donations by charities.
"A huge thank you [needs to go] to PGG Wrightsons, Carrfields, Feilding Sale Yards and all the generous farmers that donated sheep for making the day a success".
Stickers on most pens showed they were donating sheep, said PGG Wrightson stock agent Maurice Stewart.
"It is really important to people, all money raised will be spent in this region."
He said there would be no yard fees or commission charged on donated sheep by either PGG Wrightson or Carrfields.
They would be killed, processed and proceeds would be given to the society.