4-H clubs from across Canada are celebrating the organization’s 100th annivesary with a special partnership with Food Banks Canada.
Clubs will provide support to local food banks through collection and delivery of food products as well as generating monetary donations, 4-H Canada announced May 28 at an event at the Manitoba legislature.
The organization got its start in Roland 100 years ago next year. Today there are over 2,500 members throughout the province ranging in age from eight to 21 years. More than 1,100 volunteer leaders are involved in more than 2,800 projects in the 178 clubs.
“Manitobans are benefiting from 100 years of 4-H programs that have provided young people with opportunities to learn and practise a variety of life skills that help them grow as individuals and contributing community members,” said Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn in a release. “We congratulate the Canadian 4-H Council in reaching this impressive milestone, salute the dedicated volunteers who share their time and expertise, and encourage 4-H members everywhere to carry the spirit of head, heart, hand and health forward as they set their life’s goals.”
The event included participation by MacDon Industries Ltd. with the unveiling of its limited-edition, self-propelled windrower decorated with 4-H images.
“Many successful young people with rural roots got their start in 4-H programs which gave them the confidence and encouragement to achieve their dreams,” said Kostyshyn. “As they become adults, many will return to the program as volunteers to contribute what they have learned. As they pay it forward, we will all continue to benefit.”