The organisers of ‘Rearing to Go’ - a mental health awareness campaign - have raised €17,618.31 for Teac Tom – the Thomas Hayes Trust.
The special auction - which was organised by Paula and Peter Hynes and Angela Hayes (The Thomas Hayes Trust) - took place in Corrin Mart, Fermoy, Co. Cork last March, as reported by us here.
Farmers, agricultural colleges, agri-businesses and celebrity auctioneers showed their support for the campaign; it aims to raise awareness about mental health, highlight the importance of talking to each other and remaining positive, seeking help if required and removing the stigma.
On the back of its success, Rearing to Go was launched in the UK at Halton Farms in Cheshire by Peter, Paula and Georgina Hynes on July 15th.
A mental health conference and workshop will be followed by a livestock charity auction with celebrity auctioneers at Halls Livestock Auction Centre, Shrewsbury on September 13th, 2019.
Those who donate a calf will receive a bag of Volac Blossom Milk Replacer, while farmers who donate a breeding hogget will receive a bag of Volac Lamlac Milk Replacer.
All auction proceeds will go to three charities; Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy, DPJ Foundation and Farming Community Network (FCN). The event is free to attend; however, attendees are required to pre-register here.
Speaking to That's Farming, Paula Hynes said: "Volac - who were sponsors and supporters of the Rearing to Go auction in Cork - approached Pete and I to ask us if we would be interested in taking this campaign to the UK."
"Pete and I travelled to the UK last week to launch this campaign; we have secured the support and sponsorship of numerous companies including NFU, Halls, Volac, Kite, Ireland Genetics and SEMEX and more are coming on board as time progresses."
In a statement on the Teac Tom’s Facebook page, they said, “We are absolutely delighted to announce that Rearing to Go is branching out to the UK where Teac Tom will partner with UK mental health charities.”
“Thanks to Sean at Cork Marts for accommodating and supporting the event along with the sponsors. Well done everyone”. the statement concluded.
For more information or for regular updates about the campaign, click here.
Image source: Rearing to Go \ Twitter