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News Diary: Pieta House golf fundraiser, woman in agri contracting and GOAL Jersey Day

Pictured at the announcement of sponsorship by AIB Finance & Leasing and Templetuohy Farm Machinery, for the FCI Women in Agri Contracting Conference were from left: Ann Hanrahan, Birr, Co Offaly, FCI Executive Council Member, Sharon Dooley, AIB Finance & Leasing, sponsor, Catherine O’Halloran, Templetuohy Farm Machinery, sponsor and June Smith, Portarlington, Co Laois, FCI Executive Council Member.

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI), the national association representing Agricultural/Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland, is staging its second Women in Agri Contracting Conference (WIAC) at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on Wednesday, 2 October from 2pm until 5.45pm.

The aim of the event is to provide some practical information and a useful networking opportunity for women in the sector.

The free entry WIAC Conference is being supported by AIB Bank Finance & Leasing and Templetuohy Farm Machinery Ltd.

Those interested in attending are required to pre-register by emailing info@farmcontractors.ie in order to ensure a place as the there is a limit of 60 places.

FCI is looking forward to providing an interesting and informative event for all of the women who play such a vital role in the running of these important rural-based agribusinesses, where the farm contracting sector nationally has a turnover of more €700 million.

There are speakers on topics including payroll management, succession, financial planning and health, with the head of the Dutch Contractors Association, Janneke Wijnia-Lemstra, as the keynote speaker for the event.

Richard White, National Chairman, Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) said, “Last year’s Women in Agri Contracting Conference was ground breaking in creating a unique network of women, be they wives, partners, mothers, sisters or daughters, all of who make up the essence of the family network that is at the heart of the farm contracting business that underpins modern Irish agriculture.”

“We urge all women in the farm and forestry contracting sector to participate in this year’s event.

“We are confident that women working in the contracting will benefit from the unique networking opportunities that come from meeting with other women who understand what farm & forestry contracting is about,” added June Smith & Ann Hanrahan, the two women members of the FCI Executive Council.

Pieta House Fundraiser in Portlaoise Golf Club

A fundraiser for Pieta House, the charity that in helps those in suicidal distress or engaging in self harm, takes place at Portlaoise Golf Club on Saturday, October 5.

The event is an Open 3-person Scramble and is just €30 per team. All proceeds go to Pieta House. Contact 057 8661557 for further information.

Sign up for GOAL Jersey Day

Irish humanitarian aid agency GOAL is appealing to the people of Laois to show their true colours and get on their kit for GOAL Jersey Day which takes place nationwide on Friday, October 11.

School, businesses and organisations throughout County Laois are being encouraged to sign up to GOAL Jersey Day and wear their favourite sporting strip to raise vital funds for communities around the world facing extreme poverty and crises.

Funds raised will go towards GOAL’s life-saving work in emergency response, health, nutrition and sustainable livelihoods in 13 of the world’s poorest countries. Last year alone GOAL reached more than five million people in need in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

GOAL’s Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Eamon Sharkey, said: “GOAL Jersey Day is one of Ireland’s longest-running fundraisers, and has been in existence for more than three decades.

“Last year more than €150,000 was raised to support our work all over the world and we are appealing to the people of Laois to once again support us – and have fun at the same time.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to proudly wear your team colours, and to share sporting opinions with anyone in the office, or school, who will listen to you! It can also boost team, school or office spirit by working together for such an important cause.”

To sign up to GOAL Jersey Day, email jerseyday@goal.ie or visit www.jerseyday.org. 

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