Rural Support launches first ‘Call to Action’ roadshow

Philip Rainey, chief-executive Simple Power with Jude McCann, chief-executive Rural Support.
Philip Rainey, chief-executive Simple Power with Jude McCann, chief-executive Rural Support.

Rural and farming charity, Rural Support, along with CSR partner, Simple Power, recently launched the inaugural ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ at Enniskillen Town Hall, the first in a series of roadshows planned across Northern Ireland to promote the charity and the work that it does in local council areas.

Kicking off the Roadshows, Rural Support visited Enniskillen on Thursday 24th September to reach the neighbouring Fermanagh and Omagh council area.

Paddy Keaney, (left), and Albert McClelland, (right), NFU and UFU members with Philip Rainey, chief-executive Simple Power with Jude McCann, chief-executive Rural Support.

Paddy Keaney, (left), and Albert McClelland, (right), NFU and UFU members with Philip Rainey, chief-executive Simple Power with Jude McCann, chief-executive Rural Support.

The event was attended by members of the farming and rural community, local businesses and council ministers, who met with Rural Support representatives to discuss ways in which the charity can assist farmers and rural dwellers in the area.

Supported by the charity’s CSR partner, local wind energy company, Simple Power, the event presented the support services on offer by the charity through their dedicated helpline and mentoring programmes. Attendees were called upon to pledge a call to action to assist the charity in raising its profile, so that it can effectively deliver its vital services to the rural and farming community in the local area and throughout Northern Ireland.

Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann, commented: “We are delighted with the positive response we received to the very first ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area. With mounting pressure on farmers and new challenges facing the rural community, the need for our services is greater than ever and we value the opportunity to discuss at grassroots level how we can help and cater our services to all farming communities across Northern Ireland.

“We appreciate the residents, councillors, businesses and members of the rural and farming community in the local area taking the time to attend our first Roadshow event and meeting with us to learn more about the charity. Not only were we able to promote the charity and the work that we do, but we gained valuable insight into how we can further assist farmers and rural dwellers in the area.

“We would like to thank everyone that attended and particularly those who have pledged to take up our call to action and support Rural Support and the services we offer. Whether this support is from financial assistance, awareness-building activities, volunteering or fundraising efforts, it all helps to improve our service offering and increase uptake of our services at a time when it is so greatly needed.”

Local wind energy company, Simple Power, has been working with the charity for the last two years to help deliver its much-needed support service to farming and rural communities throughout Northern Ireland by providing financial support and participating in joint fundraising and awareness building activities throughout the farming calendar.

Simple Power Chief Executive, Philip Rainey said: “As partners to the farming and agricultural community, we are acutely aware of the difficulties facing farmers and believe that the charity plays a vital role in serving the farming community. We have been working in partnership with Rural Support for the last two years to support the charity and we are delighted to support this important initiative and assist the charity in meeting with the harder-to-reach communities who could avail of their services. We are very proud of our partnership with Rural Support and look forward to continuing our working relationship and highlighting its message throughout Northern Ireland.”

The next ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ is scheduled to visit Mid Ulster Council in November 2015.