- Our Town
Ranchers raise funds for farmers in developing countries
Wilf Smith, the regional manager of the Cariboo region for BC Livestock Co-op is the kind of fellow who’ll help out a worthy group or organization raising funds for a good cause if he possibly can; most often by lending his facility or his auctioneering skills. For the past ten years he has supported the Canadian Foodgrains Bank by hosting one of their fund-raising auctions (organized by Bart Plugboer of Houston, BC (and normally, Hugh Flinton of Williams Lake)) which are held to raise money to aid the world’s struggling and hungry agrarian peoples. The funds-raised (topped up at a 4:1 ratio by the federal government) are used to provide food, but also to aid farmers in maintenance of seed supply and farm animals (livestock) during periods of food stress until they can work out more long-term solutions to ongoing problems. Wilf is holding up one of the auction items, a delightful birdhouse handmade by Bart Plugboer, for the crowd to view before it’s goes up for bids.