4-H legacy fundraiser sets $100,000 goal

4-H Canada is urging supporters of the program to consider a donation to help secure the program for its next century


4-H Canada is asking supporters of the Canadian youth program to help raise $100,000 in recognition of the 100th year of 4-H in Canada being celebrated in 2013.

The program’s national legacy fundraising campaign encourages $100 donations toward improving and expanding 4-H programs across Canada for future generations.

“We’re creating a legacy fund to embrace the future of 4-H,” said Tammy Oswick-Kearney, special projects officer with 4-H Canada in Ottawa, adding that the campaign is driven by 4-H Canada’s Foundation.

To date, the campaign has raised just over $25,000, said Oswick-Kearney.

Donors can ask that their donation go entirely to 4-H Canada, to a specific 4-H provincial association, or request to have it divided between the two.

4-H Canada will recognize all donors by listing their names but not amounts on its website. Donors can also request to remain anonymous.

More information about the $100-for-100 years fundraising campaign can be found on the 4-H Canada website at www.4-h-canada.ca/core.

Meanwhile, those attending 100th anniversary events in Manitoba next weekend will be hearing more about another, new mobile giving campaign for donors wishing to give smaller amounts using social media. Launched in March they’re calling this the $10-for-10 campaign, said Oswick-Kearney.

To donate to that campaign, donors simply text a one-word message ‘grow’ to the number 45678.

“The idea is they can donate once or donate 10 times, and it’ll equal $100 for 100 years,” she said.

More information about these fundraisers will be available during events associated with the 100th year anniversary May 28 to June 1. Over those four days 4-H supporters from across Canada will be in Manitoba attending the annual general meeting in Winnipeg and celebration events around the province including a visit to Roland May 31.

Roland was the birthplace of Canadian 4-H in 1913 and home to the one-and-only museum dedicated to the century-old Canadian youth development program.

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Lorraine Stevenson

Lorraine Stevenson is a reporter and photographer for the Manitoba Co-operator with 25 years experience writing news and features. She was previously a reporter with the Farmers Independent Weekly and has also written for community newspapers in Winnipeg and Manitoba's Interlake.

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