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Lethbridge/Coaldale 4-H club raises $35,000 with charity calf

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Members of the Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef Club pose with their charity calf earlier this year, before it was auctioned off seven times, raising about $35,000 for the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge. Members of the Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef Club pose with their charity calf earlier this year, before it was auctioned off seven times, raising about $35,000 for the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge. Photo contributed

Wanting to give back to their community, the 17 members of the Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef Club were blown away by the support they in turn received in raising money through their charity calf project.


The club was able to raise $35,000 with its charity calf. The money was just recently donated to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge.
“Six clubs show in the Lethbridge District and only once can undertake a charity project in a year. We rotate, but it was also our doing,” explains Rebecca Tokariuk, club leader, about how the Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef Club ended up with the project this year.
“We had a senior member last year whose father was diagnosed with cancer. He donated the entire proceeds from his steer last year to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre. The kids decided to undertake the charity project this year and when it was auctioned off, (they donated) the proceeds to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre.”
With his sister still in the club this year and other relatives, that senior member, although he had graduated, also helped out with the charity project. There are also granddaughters and nieces and nephews in the club.
Unfortunately the man the club members were trying to honour with their work, John Slingerland, was unsuccessful in his cancer fight, passing away about a week before the charity steer was auctioned off June 11.
The Slingerland family was supportive of the charity project with the calf being raised on the farm of Marcel and Wilma Slingerland and the feed donated by Slingerland Feeders.
Some club members took on the extra work of training the charity calf, clipping and grooming the animal, even though it was not going to be shown.
On the day of the auction, eight different businesses bid for the animal seven times with the final total helping push the donation to $35,000.
“I didn’t think it would be auctioned off seven times. That’s pretty unheard of,” points out Tokariuk.
“With John passing away the week earlier, I think there was a show of support from the community in that regard.”
The 4-H club had to purchase the calf at the start of the season and members solicited cash donations to do so. They each had to bring in a certain amount of money, and even in this task they exceeded their requirements. The funding that was collected over and above the actual cost of the calf, was also added in to the final cheque for the Jack Ady Cancer Centre.
“It really was a big community effort,” points out Tokariuk.
The 4-H members made a special effort to be at the cheque presentation which took place Aug. 15.
“(A charity calf) is a lot of work, but obviously well worth it,” says Tokariuk. “This project is really important to help teach the kids to look after their community. It’s not only giving back to the community, but it’s so important to look after the people that you live with and work with.”
Tokariuk hopes club members learned more about the importance of thinking of others and understanding the struggles people may face, and a new perspective and motivation to continue to help their community.
Still on summer break, Tokariuk is already thinking about the upcoming 4-H season which kicks off in October.
She is hoping to see some expansion in the Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef Club with some new members showing up to learn more about 4-H and what the club has to offer.
“We would love to have some new members,” she adds.
The Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef Club’s first meeting is this fall on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at Sunny Side School in Lethbridge county.

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