Young farmers plough £32,000 into the charity Fields of Life

Presenting the cheque is Martyn Blair, centre, YFCU president, with Richard Spratt, chief executive, Fields of Life Northern Ireland, and Cathy Kaitesa, Fields of Life Uganda office. INPT52-023
Presenting the cheque is Martyn Blair, centre, YFCU president, with Richard Spratt, chief executive, Fields of Life Northern Ireland, and Cathy Kaitesa, Fields of Life Uganda office. INPT52-023
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Members of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) have raised £32,103.62 for the Christian charity Fields of Life.

The money was raised through their 85th anniversary celebrations.

In addition to a special dinner held in September, more than 100 members rose to the challenge from president Martyn Blair to take part in an anniversary sky dive.

Members had the opportunity to do a tandem skydive using a dual harness attached to an instructor. After exiting the aircraft at 13,000ft they were able to freefall for 7,000ft before the instructor opened the canopy and steered them safely to the ground.

Mr Blair met Fields of Life chief executive Richard Spratt and Cathy Kaitesa, who works in the charity’s Uganda office, and presented them with a cheque on behalf of YFCU.

He said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members, their friends and families for throwing their weight behind our 85th anniversary fundraising campaign. The amount raised is truly staggering and it will allow Fields of Life to continue its impressive work in East Africa and enable the charity to deliver worthwhile projects and really make a difference to the communities involved.”

Fields of Life is committed to sharing the Christian faith by collaborating with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring about positive change through the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community-based projects.