New farm safety initiative

Pic 1'Left to right: Grace Wilkinson, pupil at Ballycastle High School, Nuala Devlin, Head of Agriculture at Cross and Passion College Ballycastle, Cormac McKervey, Senior Agriculture Manager, Ulster Bank, Sandra Hunter, Ulster Farmers Union, Martyn Blair, President, Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Kieran McMullan, Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle, Malcolm Downey, Head of Farm Safety, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, and pupil Eoin McCollum of Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle.
Pic 1'Left to right: Grace Wilkinson, pupil at Ballycastle High School, Nuala Devlin, Head of Agriculture at Cross and Passion College Ballycastle, Cormac McKervey, Senior Agriculture Manager, Ulster Bank, Sandra Hunter, Ulster Farmers Union, Martyn Blair, President, Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, Kieran McMullan, Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle, Malcolm Downey, Head of Farm Safety, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, and pupil Eoin McCollum of Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle.

An important new resource to promote farm safety in schools is set to be created through an initiative launched by Ulster Bank, the principal sponsor of the Balmoral Show.

Young people aged 11-16 are being invited to submit ideas for a story illustrating the potential dangers on a farm and how to stay safe.

A winning entry will be chosen by judges from Ulster Bank, the RUAS, and the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland to be made into a 30 second animated video that will be launched at this year’s Balmoral Show.

Entries can be made until 5pm on April 3, 2015. In addition to having their idea produced, the winner will also receive an iPad and a pass for their class to the Balmoral Show 2015.

Ulster Bank Senior Agriculture Manager, Cormac McKervey, says: “Farming is one of Northern Ireland’s most important industries and can be highly rewarding. But it is also an industry with risks. Thankfully the number of fatal farming accidents is starting to fall, and we believe that education has a centrally important role to play in helping ensure that trend continues. That’s why we are pleased to partner with the RUAS and other organisations to create what we are confident will be a very useful resource.”

Young people can download a storyboard template from the Balmoral Show website on which they should outline their farm safety story, accompanied by 150 words or less outlining their idea, before sending it to Ulster Bank.

Further information and full details, including terms and conditions are available at: www.balmoralshow.co.uk