The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) has been celebrating its 85th anniversary and have commemorated the occasion by raising over £32,000 for the association’s chosen charity, Fields of Life.
With the funds raised Martyn Blair, YFCU president, announced that Fields of Life will be able to buy a block of land in Uganda beside their school to train ‘would be farmers’ on animal husbandry and cropping.
Five water wells will also be built for communities and families in most need enabling 5,000 people to enjoy access to clean drinking water.
It has been confirmed that Martyn and three other YFCU members, Janette Stirling, vice president, James Speers, vice president and Joe Brown, a member of Ballywalter YFC and one of the top three fund raisers, will be flying to Uganda at the beginning of April to see the progress that has been made with the funds raised.
After a meeting with the charity organiser Helen Darcy the YFCU team were able to confirm where their journey will take them and what they will see while they are there.
Beginning at Entebbe Airport the team will make their way to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
After a short over night stay they will have an early rise, leaving the capital city and head East to a town called Soroti where the team will visit the first project of their trip, the drilling rigs where the wells are being built. Here it can take up to four days to complete a well.
While they are there they will witness the drilling team hitting water and will also see a completed Fields of Life well.
The team will then visit the site they were able to fund in an area called Lira which will be in progress when they arrive and they will get the opportunity to find out more about the community that live there and the children that attend the school.
On their journey the team will also visit a school in the region between Massindi and Namasaga.
This school is unique, being the first of its kind, fully sustainable through the work of the children that attend the school, who grow their own crops and run their own farm.
They also provide food for the surrounding community, and are just one of the Fields of Life projects that the YFCU team will get to interact with.
This will see the end of the trip where the team will return to Entebbe Airport.
Martyn will end his presidency in April of this year at the AGM and conference where the new president will be announced.
After an extremely successful run as President the trip to Uganda, to witness the progress of their 85th Anniversary fundraising year, will end Martyn’s time as president with a poignant and memorable experience for both him and the rest of the team.
YFCU has also reached out to all of the clubs and members, past and present, to ask them to donate old YFCU T-shirts and clothing that would be given to the children they meet on their trip.
If you have any clothing no matter how old the logo or branding please contact Martyn Blair: firstname.lastname@example.org.