After 30 years of raising funds for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), volunteers for the Heifer Sale are still going strong.
“Some of these farmers donate year after year, without question. It’s a good feeling when you ask for one heifer, and someone offers two instead. Stuff like that motivates you to keep doing it,” shares John Brenneman, secretary of the heifer sale committee.
This year’s sale – in its 31styear and sponsored by Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale Inc. – will take place at Carson Auction facilities, 5531 Perth Line 86, Listowel, Ontario on Friday, February 17, 2011,starting at 11 am.
With plans well underway, the organizing committee is currently seeking donations for the auction. Local farmers, agribusinesses and individuals donate heifers, sale facilities, staff, trucking, feed, straw, veterinary, and auction services and facilities. Many agricultural businesses sponsor ads and other expenses for the sale.
“This is an excellent opportunity for farmers and agribusinesses to support MCC programs,” says Clarence Diefenbacher, sale chairperson.
Each item purchased on auction day goes directly to relief, development and peace work locally and in over 60 countries around the world, through the Mennonite Central Committee. For more information on MCC programs, visit www.mcco.ca.
Last year’s sale raised over $166,000. Since 1982, the Heifer Sale has raised over $4 million through the auctioning of 3,314 heifers and other donated items.
For more information about the sale, to donate a heifer, or to make a cash donation, contact sale chairperson Clarence Diefenbacher at 519-669-2164 or sale secretary John Brenneman at 519-662-1156 or email@example.com. Donations to the sale are tax receiptable. For more information, visit www.heifersale.org.
--Jan. 6, 2012