4-H online auctions to help charities and food banks

Albertans are invited to support local charities, and uplift 4-H members as they complete their livestock projects in new online ways.

From now through June 30, there will be 77 sales where 4-H members will be showcasing and offering steers, lambs, hogs and/or goats for purchase. There are 24 charity projects — 22 steers and two lambs to be auctioned off — with the proceeds donated to a local charity. Successful purchasers can either keep the meat for themselves or donate a portion to local food banks.

COVID-19 has affected traditional club Achievement Days, but clubs have adjusted their formats to ensure they are doing their part for public safety while completing and showcasing their projects.

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“This is an excellent opportunity for a double win — supporting local charities that are facing bigger needs currently and encouraging young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Kim McConnell, 4-H Alberta interim CEO.

“I’m proud of the way clubs are adapting and coming up with creative solutions for marketing their projects. Most have moved to online auctions, but some have chosen to market boxed meat instead. Members are still out working with their animals, taking videos, telling stories even though they can’t have their usual show days.”

A complete listing of upcoming beef auctions can be found on the home page of 4h.ab.ca. It has links to sale info or club contact info for assistance with the online auction. As well, you can contact the 4-H Foundation of Alberta ([email protected]) and make a financial donation. 4-H Alberta will link you to the local 4-H club and the charity it is supporting. Through this method you support the charity and receive a charitable tax receipt.

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