The Ulster Farmers’ Union have revealed that they have smashed their fundraising target for 2018, raising £200,000 (€228,124) for charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI).
UFU President, Ivor Ferguson, stated that the organisation have been blown away by the generosity shown by its many members. The team had originally set a fundraising target of £100,000 and have successfully raised double that.
“We set what we thought was an ambitious target to raise £100,000 for this life-saving charity. True to form, the agriculture industry did not let us down. Not only did we hit our target, we doubled it.” Ivor Ferguson stated.
Over the course of 2018, the centenary year of the UFU, members spent a lot of time fundraising, selling calendars, books, hiking and hosting may other fundraising events. In total, a whopping £186,000 (€212,155) was raised throughout the course of the year and the UFU has pledged another £14,000 to the total to bring it up to £200,000 raised altogether.
Worthwhile cause -
As mentioned, the whopping total raised goes to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, a charity that needs approximately £2million per year to remain operational with daily operating costs at £5,500.
“It’s a service we all hope we, nor anyone in our family, will never need but we will be forever grateful it is there if we do.” said Ivor Ferguson.
“As UFU president in the centenary year no words can describe how proud I am of the massive effort people put in to prove that what looked an ambitious target was, in fact, modest,” he added.
The fundraising efforts of the UFU will help fund 36 days of service for the AANI.
People can still donate to this charity here.