February 27, 2014
Kent farmer supports charity countryside photography competition
Kent farmer Andrew Brealy is urging people to enter a photography competition and help to support a rural charity. Andrew, who grows arable crops and daffodils near Canterbury, is on the local committee for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.). He has pledged his support for Agrii’s photo competition which is raising money for the charity and is linked to the company’s presence at this year’s Cereals Event.
Andrew farms 540 acres of the family farm near Canterbury, plus a further 640 acres tenanted nearby, mainly growing arable crops but he also has a small area of poly tunnels dedicated to growing forced daffodils over the winter period and some for picking in the spring. He has been a member of the Kent R.A.B.I. committee for the last 12 years and is actively involved in fundraising for the charity, including supporting events with donations in kind, such as daffodils from his farm, to raise additional funds.
“R.A.B.I. helps those in greatest need by providing grants for emergency assistance and long-term care. Local committees such as ours raise money through events and open days,” says Andrew.
Andrew is passionate about giving something back to the farming community by helping farmers and farm workers in great need. “Farming families can experience great hardships with extremes of weather, such as the recent flooding, animal disease crises, personal tragedies or isolation. R.A.B.I. helps those in greatest need by providing grants for emergency assistance and long-term care,” he says.
Agrii is one of the UK farming industry’s leading suppliers of agronomy services, technology and strategic advice. For each person that enters the photography competition, Agrii will make a donation to a central pot, which will be divided between three rural charities: The Addington Fund, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) and the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). Each charity is supported by an Agrii customer, who is directly involved with the organisation.
Explaining the background to the photography competition, Mark Thomas, Head of Marketing at Agrii said: “At Agrii, we are fortunate to work with many of the UK’s leading farmers who strive to produce quality food for an ever growing population.
“Andrew is like many of our customers. His passion for agriculture and the countryside runs far deeper than just a job. They all invest time, energy and money to enhance the environment, support their local schools and communities and look after those who have served farming and now find themselves in need.”
“As a business that works in the countryside and serves the farming industry, we wanted to do something to champion the work that our customers do that goes beyond ‘the day job’.”
The theme of the competition ‘A Passion for the Countryside’ provides an opportunity for amateur photographers to capture the diverse rural British landscape and its activities. Entrants can submit as many photographs as they like, which they feel best reflect the theme.
The competition has three categories; adult, under 16s and Agrii staff. The adult and under 16s categories will be judged by a panel of independent industry and charity representatives, who will select six finalists. The images from the six finalists will be displayed on the Agrii stand at Cereals 2014, where visitors can vote for the overall winner. The staff category will be judged separately.
The overall winner of the competition will win a prize of £500 in electronics vouchers. The remaining five finalists will each receive £100 in electronics vouchers. All six finalists plus the winner of the staff category will have their image included in the Agrii 2015 calendar
Entries to the competition are via the Agrii website www.agrii.co.uk where entrants can also find full terms and conditions. Entries close on Monday 12th May at 5pm.