YFCU clubs have joined together to take part in the YFCU’s Annual President’s Christmas Appeal.
The appeal aims to bring the community together at Young Farmer’s Club festive events to donate toys, food items and money to local charities helping those in need across the province.
In County Antrim, Randalstown YFC collected toy donations from the 15 clubs across the county to donate to the Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ Appeal to help ensure that disadvantaged children in Northern Ireland wake up to a present on Christmas morning.
Furthermore, Crumlin YFC held their own collection to donate dog toys, dog food, treats, towels and blankets to create individual boxes to give to local dog rescue centres. After the boxes were made, the club walked down to Lakeview Nursing Home to treat the residents to an evening of festive carol singing.
In Country Armagh, representatives from clubs across the county joined together on Saturday 15th December to deliver gifts to Blossom unit for sick children in Craigavon.
In County Down, YFCU Clubs joined together to collect Old Christmas baubles to help decorate and spread festive cheer in the Ulster hospital wards.
Two County Down clubs, Rathfriland YFC and Annaclone and Magherally YFC, also ran Carol services with proceeds from Rathfriland going to Daisy Lodge Nicfc cancer fund and to purchase a defibrillator for the Annaclone and Magherally community.
In County Londonderry, the 6 county clubs joined together to collect presents to donate to Woman’s Aid to help families who are going through difficult times this Christmas.
Kilrea YFC also held their Annual Carol Service which raised £410 for Mercy Ships, a charity which provides medical relief and free surgeries for the underserved in Africa.
And last but not least, In County Tyrone, Strabane and District YFC held a Christmas Tractor Run in aid of Air Ambulance NI on Sunday the 9th of December.
YFCU President James Speers commented, “I would like to thank all the Counties and clubs for donating so many gifts and making a huge difference to so many worthwhile charities within their local areas. The generosity of our members means that we can help make Christmas special for others less fortunate than ourselves.”