SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
DURHAM: WindReach Farm, a charity that focuses on providing farm related activities to people with disabilities, has recently received a donation of 20 hay bales, from the Durham West Junior Farmers.
The Durham West Junior Farmers is a group of young people, age 15-29, with a focus on building rural leaders, through self-help, and community betterment. Each year, the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario, collectively donate upwards of $50,000 to charitable projects across the province.
Some of the fundraising initiatives they have done in the past include, their Truck Show n’ Shine, curling bonspiels, and local dances.
The proceeds raised from these fundraising initiatives go towards supporting the community at large. In the past, proceeds have gone towards: assisting families, who recently suffered a house fire; helping families in need, through Operation Scugog; and supporting the Sunderland Fall Fair milking demonstrations.
More recently, the Durham West Junior Farmers were thinking of practical ways to help a farm in their community, and came up with hay bale initiative.
“Given we’ve had a really wet year this year, and prior to that there was a drought, we figured hay is either very expensive or hard to find,” said Stacey Jibb, rural program coordinator for the Municipality of Durham.
A member of Durham West Junior Farmers sells hay throughout the year as a business, so he has been cutting and baling the hay as donations come in. The cost to sponsor one hay bale is $50, and will go directly towards supporting a facility that enriches the lives of people with disabilities.
There are lots of animals at WindReach Farms and they are critical to the farms life changing programming. The hay being donated from Durham West Junior Farmers will help feed the animals and keep them healthy.
“We want to make sure [WindReach Farms] is successful. They provide a great opportunity for people across the province to access these types of programs.”
Anyone who is interested in sponsoring a hay bale can contact the Durham West Junior Farmers by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is hoping to make another donation of 20 hay bales and any support from the community is greatly appreciated.
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