IHC expands farming fundraising scheme after M bovis hits donations

The IHC is hoping New Zealand sheep farmers will join a long-running fundraising programme after the M bovis outbreak saw donations cut by half last year.

The organisation's Calf and Rural Scheme sees farmers donate calves, or make a donation of a virtual calf.

Funds raised go to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families in rural communities.

However, IHC National Fundraising Manager Greg Millar said the scheme was hit hard last year by M bovis, losing half its usual income, in what was an incredibly difficult year for many dairy farmers.

"For more than 35 years it's been the dairy farmers who have given such generous support to the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme," he said.

"We simply couldn't have done the work we do without their support, and we're hoping New Zealand's sheep farmers will join us too in this new lamb programme."

Farmers can support the programme by visiting www.ihc.org.nz/lamb and donating a virtual lamb for $150. 

Farmers can also pledge a physical lamb or sheep at this same website, or say, 'One's for IHC' at sale.