National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 June 2020

Two competitions aimed at junior members have been secured for the next six years, thanks to funding from The Reta Lila Howard Foundation.

NFYFC applied to the Foundation to ask for long-term support for the 16-and-under Sport and the 14 and under Junior Reading competitions. The funding ensures these competitions can be hosted for the next six years as well as provision for online competitions and challenges for under 16s in 2020 due to Covid-19.

The £15,000 donation will also help NFYFC develop more wellbeing resources for members, especially during the pandemic when clubs are unable to host Rural+ sessions and members are facing extra pressures due to Covid-19.

Serena W Mitchell, granddaughter of Reta Howard and a director of the Foundation explained the decision to support YFC was based on the fact it embodied many of her grandmother’s traits – perseverance, a desire to strengthen the community and an all-important sense of fun.

“Our grandmother, Reta Howard (who became Reta Weston upon marrying our grandfather) was a remarkable woman who came from humble country roots.  She was born in rural Ontario in 1897. Her father was a pastor and butter-maker; both he and her only brother died before Reta reached her 18th birthday. 

“In spite of adversity, Reta grew up to earn a BA from the University of Toronto, become a world traveller and a devoted mother to nine children. It is in her honour that the Foundation Directors, made up only of her direct descendants, choose charities to support in Britain, where Reta spent much of her adult life. We hope this donation will help the YFC community feel good about what it achieves as well as honouring my grandma.”

The news that the junior competitions would be secured in the coming news was welcomed by Grace Millbank, NFYFC’s Competitions Steering Group Chairman.

“We are very grateful that the Foundation directors have recognised and chosen to support YFC activities that are geared towards our younger members. The NFYFC Competitions programme helps develop skills for life and gives young people new opportunities.

“During these challenging times, we are thrilled that The Reta Lila Howard Foundation has valued YFC and its work and helped to ensure the long-term future of these activities.” 


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