Rural Youth Europe recently ran a best practice competition for member organisations from across Europe. The competition saw entries from across Europe with entries from Wales, Switzerland, Latvia, Austria and Northern Ireland.
The competition aimed to promote sharing of project ideas and enhance knowledge of rural youth organisations’ activities and inspire ideas for future projects.
Two clubs from the YFCU were placed as runner-ups at the final - Kells and Connor YFC with their “Help and Encourage” project and Cappagh YFC with their “Care for Cancer” entry.
Kells and Connor “Help and Encourage”
Based on the YFCU theme for the year “help and encourage”, Kells and Connor YFC decided to launch a project aimed at becoming more involved in their local village life by supporting local groups and organisations. As the local senior citizens’ group had funding withdrawn and were in need of help with the running of their annual program it was decided Kells and Connor would help organise a wheelbarrow push to help with fundraising for this local group.
Club members assembled in Ballymena where the event was launched by the mayor before beginning the 10 mile push to their local village of Kells. The event raised £402.46 for the senior citizens’ club and acted as a catalyst for further involvement with projects in the local community.
The project also saw Kells and Connor YFC donate £150 to the local Community Association and raise valuable funds for the YFCU’S Bothar appeal “80 goats for 80 years.” The initial fundraising project provided Kells and Connor YFC with the motivation to become more actively involved in their community and demonstrates the positive impact the project has had. Due to this, Kells and Connor has seen a significant increase in new members and hopes to maintain similar projects like this in the future.
Members of Kells and Connor YFC pictured at their charity wheelbarrow push.
Cappagh “Care for Cancer Project”
In February 2009 Cappagh YFC set up a club committee of 25 members to organise a project aimed at raising funds for their chosen charity Care for Cancer which was launched at their parents and supporters night in March. The project consisted of a series of events designed to engage participation from members of the local community, members of the YFCU, businesses and sports clubs.
The events included a draw, BBQ, outdoor knockout and disco. The knockout saw 18 teams participating in a series of outdoor games for a cash prize with the winning team WeldTech donating the prize money to Care for Cancer. The barbeque and disco also proved to be a big success with the ladies of the club preparing the food for the barbeque and a large crowd attended the disco at the local Rugby Club which followed helping raise valuable funds for the charity. The draw held during the disco had prizes sponsored by local and national businesses. The events helped raise an impressive £1641.10 for the Care for Cancer charity demonstrating the success of the project. The project has highlighted the positive contribution Cappagh YFC make to their local area and has helped the club build positive relations with the surrounding community.
Presenting the cheque – club officers and members presenting the cheque to Joan Hamilton, President of Care for Cancer at the clubs first meeting at the start of the new season.