Farmers Helping Farmers presents 2014 awards to friends, students

Darlene Shea
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CHARLOTTETOWN - Farmers Helping Farmers recently presented its 2014 awards, recognizing the contributions of the organization's volunteers, supporters and members. Awards were presented to friends of FHF who help with the annual fundraiser, a Grade 6 class of Kenyan Cousins, and a long-time FHF member.

Aidan Marsh, (from left) Ian Kerr, and Abby Saunders, representing the West Kent Kenya Kousins group, are presented with the Farmers Helping Farmers Youth Award by FHF president, Carolyn Francis.

Sandra MacKinnon, awards committee chair, says the success of any organization is dependent upon the commitment of its volunteers and others. "The award winners this year represent those who have made outstanding contributions to the organization," she said.

The Friend of Farmers Helping Farmers was presented to Jewell's Produce Inc. (Parker and Irene Jewell, Irwin and Barb Jewell). This award recognizes individuals and groups who are not members of the organization, but who have made a lasting contribution.

Jewell's Produce Inc. has supported the Farmers Helping Farmers annual barbecue for over 30 years by donating over five tonnes of potatoes.

The West Kent Kenya Kousins group was this year's recipient of the Farmers Helping Farmers Youth Award. It recognizes individuals and youth groups who have made outstanding contributions to FHF and its work in Kenya.

The Kenya Kousins is a group of Grade 6 students who are actively involved with the Mitoone School in Kenya. They fundraise for their twinning school, teach others at West Kent School about Kenya, and share their twinning letters with classmates.

Lydia MacKay, their teacher, states that, "The leadership demonstrated amongst these students is outstanding and honourable for their age."

The Honourary Life Membership was presented to the Dr. Linnell Edwards, who has been an active member of Farmers Helping Farmers for the past 32 years.

He served two terms as a member of the board of directors. He was part of the committee that helped lay the groundwork for the working relationship with the Canadian International Development Agency. Dr. Edwards continues to be involved with fundraising for the organization.

Farmers Helping Farmers is an Island-based organization of community-minded people with agricultural backgrounds. Its goal is to assist Kenyan farmers in becoming more self-reliant in agricultural food production. The group assists with the development of small-scale, practical agricultural projects, focusing on direct person-to-person interaction.

For additional information on the organization visit www.farmershelpingfarmers.ca.

Organizations: Produce, Mitoone School, West Kent School Canadian International Development Agency

Geographic location: Kenya

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