Andrew Harcourt, president of Pendarves Young Farmers,
checks out the equipment on board an Ashburton ambulance
with Shayne Cockburn, from St John.Photo by Maureen Bishop.
The Pendarves Young Farmers club is having a good year.
The club has been nominated for the award of best club in the
The prizewinner will be announced at the national final of
the ANZ Young Farmer contest to be held in Christchurch
between July 3 and 5.
The club has also been helping out the Mid Canterbury
Chairman Andrew Harcourt recently donated $500 to St John in
Ashburton on behalf of the club.
It was just one of three donations the club made from profits
raised at the annual after-harvest party. Donations of $500
each were also made to the Westpac Helicopter Trust and to
the local firefighters who were competing in the Sky Tower
stair challenge for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The party, usually held in April, has been held for four
years. The Pendarves Fire Brigade also benefits from it, with
members running the bar, and profits from sales going to the
Pendarves Young Farmers is the strongest club in Mid
Canterbury, with 55 members. The Aorangi region, which
includes Mid Canterbury clubs, is also the strongest in the
Mr Harcourt said the club was a great place for young people
working in agriculture to meet others. It included a mix of
social events as well as skill-based competitions.
The club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm at
the Railway Tavern in Rakaia.