Bishop Burton College Agriculture students will take part in a 24 hour charity plough starting on Tuesday 24 September.
Around 100 first and second year students will attempt to plough an area of approximately 100 acres. Their fundraising target is £1000. The cohort will include students from our Riseholme campus in Lincolnshire.
The benefits of the plough-a-thon include:
raising money for a good cause
increasing awareness of poverty and hardship in farming and the charity’s excellent work in this area
giving the students a great chance to get to know each other in the first few weeks of term.
The sponsored plough is to raise money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), farming’s national charity who will use the money towards a hardship fund and projects to help young people get into farming. The RABI fund is for farmers and anyone who works in the agriculture industry encountering financial difficulties. Some of the proceeds will also be donated to the College’s Student Association.
Some of the students taking part will never have ploughed before, or never operated a tractor so large, whilst others will be able to pass on the benefit of their experience to their peers.
Organiser Helen Martin, course manager for Agriculture at Bishop Burton College and students will be available for comment. Sally Connor of RABI may also be available for comment on the second morning of the plough-a-thon.