Moneymore YFC members go on despite lockdown

Moneymore YFC TD Farm
SUPPLIES: Club Leader Dylan Walker and Club Secretary Joyce Allen.

MONEYMORE Young Farmers’ Club has been keeping its club spirit alive during lockdown.

Despite the club programme being interrupted by Covid-19, members have

COLLECTION: Club Leader Dylan Walker with Club President Stuart Mills at the collection point in Moneymore

been busy getting involved in the various challenges, campaigns and competitions that the YFCU has to offer.

Club members got creative in decorating the countryside with rainbows, as they painted pictures, pallets and pebbles for the “I Spy A Rainbow” challenge.

The YFCU Big Clean Up saw both past and present members clean the countryside in an effort to maintain a cleaner and healthier environment for both them and their animals.

As the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster embarked on Mental Health Week with the “YFSeesYou” campaign, Moneymore members explained how they incorporate self-care, relaxation and time for friends and family into their everyday life and also expressed what kindness means to them individually.

With lockdown looming, members experienced YFCU competitions virtually. These virtual competitions didn’t deter Moneymore members from obtaining success as the Demonstration Presentation finals saw Alison Davis placing second and Joyce Allen being placed third in the 18-21 age category.

The dairy stock-judging heats saw Ryan Brown and Sian Hogg both place first in their respective age groups.

Moneymore YFC members also celebrated more success in the Top Club Officials results with Joyce Allen placing second for best Public Relations Officer in Northern Ireland! In the Ulster Young Farmer Competition, Christopher Bell also placed second in the sheep section.

However, Moneymore YFC realises that many may have struggled in lockdown during these challenging times, feeling isolated. Club members have been busy handing out leaflets to help promote Rural Support’s “Across the Hedgerow” campaign on behalf of the YFCU. As a club it is always available to offer a listening ear and helping hand to those in need.

Lockdown has also been a chance for Moneymore YFC to give back to the community through donations to Hope, Magherafelt. This saw both past and present members getting involved in collecting toiletries and food for the food bank to supply to local families during these challenging times.

A substantial amount was collected and donated to Hope Magherafelt by Club Leader Dylan Walker, Club Secretary Joyce Allen and Club President, Stuart Mills on behalf of the club.

SELF CARE: Joyce Allen showing what her Self Care is for the YFSeesYOU Mental Health Campaign.

At Moneymore YFC, members cannot wait to get back to their club calendar and meet together again.

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