National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 April 2010

And they’re off! Young Farmers’ Club members from across England and Wales have begun making their way to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs annual convention and AGM being held in Torquay from 23-25 April.

Clubs attending the event are using the journey to Torquay to raise thousands of pounds for charity on the way, many of them rising to the challenge issued by NFYFC chairwoman Helen Roberts for the organisation to raise £100,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), which is marking its 150th anniversary this year.

The four Kent YFC cyclists who set out on their 300-mile journey aiming to raise £2,000 for RABI, have already passed that figure and will now exceed £3,000 by the time their journey is over.

Lancashire YFC’s team of ten cyclists (pictured above) have also waved farewell to Blackpool Tower and are confident of doubling the money they have already raised by the time they reach Torquay. Other clubs are raising cash travelling on quad bikes and home-made amphibious vehicles.

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.

Among highlights of this year’s convention is the NFYFC 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.

Event sponsors include Mole Valley Farmers, Torbay Cab Company, HOPS Labour Solutions, Farmers Guardian, Robert Wiseman Dairies and Defra, and the convention will contribute an estimated £1.5million to the local economy of Torquay.
 


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