National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

19 April 2010

Members of Young Farmers’ Clubs from across England and Wales are making their final preparations for this year’s annual convention at the Riviera International Centre, Torquay, from 23-25 April 2010.

More than 4,000 young people representing their Young Farmers’ Clubs from almost every county, are travelling by land and water in a variety of novel ways for the rural youth organisation’s convention weekend, raising cash for a host of charities in the process.

Worcestershire YFC members will be arriving on Yamaha quad bikes as part of Tom’s Top to Bottom Challenge. The club members will have ridden some 1,000 miles, from John O’Groats to Land’s End and then on to Torquay, to raise cash for Acorns Children’s Hospice, in Worcester, and Diabetes UK. They are beginning their journey on 17 April and are hoping to arrive in Torquay by lunchtime on 23 April.

Four Kent YFC members are raising cash for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), by cycling from their home county to Torquay. The four will begin their 300-mile ride on 19 April in Maidstone and make for the finishing line in Torquay on 23 April. They are aiming to raise at least £2,000 for RABI, NFYFC chairwoman Helen Roberts’ chosen charity.

Ten members of Lancashire YFC are setting off from Blackpool Tower on 19 April for their five-day, 300-mile sponsored cycle ride to the NFYFC event. They have already raised more than £3,000 for RABI, and are hoping that figure will be matched pound for pound and doubled by a further major sponsor at the end of the endeavour.

A team of 14 Yorkshire YFC members have built their own amphibious vehicle out of recycled junk to make their way by land and water to the resort for the AGM weekend. They will be setting off from Huddersfield on 20 April and hope to keep afloat on their home-made contraption for the 340-mile trip. Their four-day challenge will raise more than £2,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Their efforts began with a maiden voyage and launch party in Skipton Town Hall, with 170 YFC members dressed as sailors, which saw £1,000 put into the RNLI pot to start it off. The YFC members are confident of staying afloat despite the fact that their vehicle sank the first few tries, but they are sure the RNLI won’t mind coming to the rescue if needed! Last year the Yorkshire Young Farmers’ Clubs members arrived at the annual convention in a giant pedal-powered box of crisps.

Many other fundraising efforts are being undertaken and NFYFC president Lionel Hill MBE will be wading in with a sponsored wellie-wearing effort, also for RABI.

Highlights of this year’s convention are the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Forum, on Saturday 24 April, which will debate future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, affordable rural housing and securing successful farming futures with representatives from Defra, the European Commission and a panel of other industry experts.

NFYFC will celebrate the year’s successes and present its silverwear at its AGM on Sunday 25 April, and the weekend also sees the national finals of NFYFC’s hotly contested performing arts competition, and final selection of the YFC Ambassador of the Year.

Event sponsors include Mole Valley Farmers, Torbay Cab Company, HOPS Labour Solutions, Farmers Guardian, Robert Wiseman Dairies and Defra.


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