15 March 2010
Four Kent YFC members are aiming to raise cash for RABI by cycling from their home county to the NFYFC annual convention in Torquay.
They will be kicking off their charity challenge by meeting Damian Green MP in Ashford to present him with a a basket of local produce to highlight the importance of the agricultural industry.
The four will begin their ride on 19 April in Maidstone and make for the finishing line in Torquay on 23 April in time for the start of the organisation’s AGM.
They are aiming to raise at least £2,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. The grant-making charity, which supports members of the farming community, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and is NFYFC chairwoman Helen Roberts’ chosen charity.
The ride will take in 300 miles of English countryside, and the riders will be staying with other YFC members along the way, continuing the organisation’s tradition of meeting new people.
Cycling will be Kent YFC chairman Michael Sims, county sports and competitions chairman Ollie Wilson, last year’s county chairman Stuart Jakeman and Ashford YFC member Tom Wilson. They will be supported by county junior vice chairwoman Hayley Jull and Meopham YFC member Jos Jones, carrying spares and supplies.
Michael said: “We must be mad cycling from Kent to Devon, but we really want to raise as much money as we can for RABI, as well as raising their profile, as they are such a worthy cause.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Kent YFC's cyclists can do so online at www.justgiving.com/Kent-Young-Farmers.
15 March 2010
All five rural youth organisations in the UK and Ireland came together for a summit hosted in Cardiff by Wales YFC.
Representatives from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (England and Wales), Macra na Feirme, Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs, and Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster got together to share best practice, collaborative working and discuss issues affecting rural youth organisations across the UK.
A session was also spent looking at the group itself, the way it works and how it can be developed to provide maximum benefit for all delegates attending.
Wales YFC chairman Tim John said: “It was pleasing to see representatives from all five of the rural youth organisations in the UK and Ireland attend.
“Each of the organisations works differently and the five nations meetings gives us the chance to learn more about each other.
“All of the staff members responsible for the international programme within each organisation were invited to attend which gave them the opportunity to discuss the programme within their countries and we hope that this will provide a platform for joint projects in the future.”
The next meeting will be hosted by the Scottish organisation in Edinburgh.
12 March 2010
Worksop YFC chairwoman Vicky Brightmore was thrilled to be a finalist in the Nottinghamshire Young Person of the Year competition for her work running her YFC.
A member of Worksop YFC for about 10 years now, since joining, 25-year-old Vicky has held every role in the club and has sat on various committees at county level. As well as being current chairwoman she’s also county rally vice chairwoman and East Midlands area chairwoman.
The club started with just seven members and a weekly pub visit, but Vicky has built it up to 25 members enjoying a full programme of scheduled meetings and activities. Worksop has since taken part in most county competitions, with members competing at area and national levels and winning the county rally in 2009.
Vicky said: “I was very flattered with my nomination. It feels great to know that people are aware of the effort and dedication members have towards YFC.
“It is fantastic to see Worksop YFC grow from a small, dormant club to one which wins competitions and is thriving.”
Vicky received a cheque for £50 for getting through to the final round of the competition. “It has been put into Worksop YFC’s charity account to be used when we next donate money to charity,” she said.
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