Brassicas help rescue helicopter

Advance Agriculture's technical field representative for eastern/northern Southland Chris Wilson (left) presented Don Campbell, of Wairuna, with the trophy for winning the swede section of the Clinton Lions Club's brassica competition recently. Photo: Sup
Advance Agriculture's technical field representative for eastern/northern Southland Chris Wilson (left) presented Don Campbell, of Wairuna, with the trophy for winning the swede section of the Clinton Lions Club's brassica competition recently. Photo: Supplied
More than $100,000 was raised from this year's Clinton Lions Club's Advance Agriculture Brassica Competition.

Co-ordinator Alastair Cocks said competition entries, along with donations, and money from auctions and raffles raised more than $100,000, although a final figure was yet to be determined as costs needed to be taken into account

He said the annual competition awards evening was held in Clinton on June 28.

Don Campbell, of Wairuna, won the swede category, Campbell Moore, of Totara Island, won the fodder beet section and brothers Andrew and Lindsay Paton, of Kaiwera, won the kale section.

He said 155 farmers either entered the brassica competition or gave donations in lieu of entering, while about 120 businesses and sponsors donated goods or services for the auctions and raffles.

''Half the money raised will go towards the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, a quarter will go to the Gore and Balclutha St John branches and a quarter will go to community projects,'' Mr Cocks said.

During the evening there was entertainment from magician Jonathan Usher, and a presentation from Ross Kirkpatrick and Vivienne Seaton from the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters chief executive Richard Mills also talked.

Mr Cocks said a lot of people paid more than the face value of many of the items donated for the auctions.

''We have a very supportive community.

''We appreciate the support we get from it and if not for the community and the incredible generosity of the sponsors, it would not be the successful charity event it has become.

''The competition and auctions get bigger and better every year.''

One of the reasons the competition is so successful was because funds always went to the rescue helicopter service.

''Many people in the community either had benefited from the rescue helicopter or knew someone who had,'' he said.

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