Club raises $7,000 for charity
Monday, Jun 10, 2013 12:38 pm
The Airdrie 4-H Beef Club raised $7,789 for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) after selling its charity steer at the 4-H on Parade, June 2.
Throughout the province, 4-H beef clubs rotate the responsibility of raising a steer to be auctioned off at the annual event held at the Calgary Stampede grounds. Each club decides which charity to donate the money from the auction to.
Katie Hillson, 14, presented her club with the idea of supporting the CMHA this year. She said she was interested in this charity because “it is one of the most severely under-funded programs.”
“Mental health can be difficult to talk about. It’s something people can easily be ashamed of but shouldn’t be. It’s an illness just like anything else,” she said.
“When I heard about the statistics from my mom that one in five Canadians are affected, I looked around our club and saw that could be any of us. So I thought this was something we really needed to support,” said Hillson, whose mother is a clinical psychologist.
The club members were hoping to raise between $5,000 and $8,000, and fell within their goal.
Brooke Sinclair, 15, and her family was responsible for raising the steer at their farm, located east of the city of Airdrie. She said the goal was a “great amount” because a typical steer normally goes for about $2,500.
“The buyers know that we’re doing this for a great cause so they’re very generous with how much they’re willing to bid,” said Sinclair.
Sinclair, a sixth year 4-H member, said her club was taking turns looking after the steer while at the 4-H on Parade.
“We’ve been washing, feeding and making them look presentable for potential buyers so that they’re impressed when they come through the stalls. Basically they’re seeing which steers would be an advantage and look good on a dinner plate.”
At final weight in, the steer was 1154 pounds and sold for $6.75 a pound.
Lori Humphrey Clements, manager of fund development with CMHA, said, on behalf of CMHA, she was thankful to the Airdrie Beef Club for them choosing to support the organization.
“We are so proud that the youth involved with the Airdrie Beef Club are helping to lead the conversation about mental illness,” said Humphrey Clements. All funds will go towards CMHA programs and services in Calgary and Rocky View County.