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Young Farmers smash target in ‘Yellow Wellies – mind your head campaign’
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Kilraughts Young Farmers have raised almost £1,500 for their ‘Yellow Wellies – mind your head campaign’, surpassing their original target of £600.

The ‘mind you head’ campaign aims to tackle; ‘THE ISSUES THAT FARMERS ARE FACING AND THE CRIPPLING BURDEN OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS’.

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In the summer of 2020, YFC members throughout Northern Ireland were challenged to walk, run or cycle 600 miles.

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During the Kilraughts YFC leg of the challenge, members travelled a total of 1027 miles in just one week, raising £1,440.50, over double their £600 target.

In a social media post, the club wrote: “Mental health is extremely important in agriculture and we wanted to raise awareness and money for the cause.

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“We then passed this challenge onto a number of other clubs in Northern Ireland which tripled the money raised.”

In total, the Big 600 challenge raised £3,675 between 6 clubs.

“Massive thank you to all our club members who completed the challenge and to everyone who donated, it was for a terrific foundation.” Said a club spokesperson.

Club members Hannah Kirkpatrick and Megan Agnew presenting the cheque at the Dark Hedges, Ballymoney. 📸 Kilraughts Young Farmers

Yellow Wellies – Farm Safety Foundation

‘The Foundation works closely with Young Farmers Clubs, HSE, the Farm Safety Partnerships and a range of farming organisations to help raise awareness of farm safety among young farmers, challenge and change their attitudes towards farming safely and reduce the toll of injuries and fatalities which bring heartbreak and misery to numerous families and rural communities every year.’

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