In your community
Community comes together.
Volkswagen New Zealand is proud to support the IHC’s Calf and Rural scheme for over 10 years. Through this annual initiative, IHC makes a real difference in the lives of children with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Meet the people behind the magic
Join IHC ambassador Jamie Mackay as he meets different people that play an integral role in the ongoing success of the IHC Calf and Rural scheme. Starting at one of the IHC’s residential homes in Gore and wrapping up with the Calf & Rural Scheme National Coordinator, Lynda Young-Kennedy.
Throughout the season the team travel far and wide up and down our country canvassing for donors and to spread the word.
Rural people helping rural communities
“Once you have your own family you understand the challenges people have.”
When asked what inspired a long family history of giving to the IHC, Jon’s father shared, “it’s just something we’ve always done.” Dairy farmers Jon & Bergot Pemberton have carried on the family tradition and donated calves since 2004. Now parents to young children, Jon empathises with the challenges families can face and contributing in this way was a no-brainer.
Helping families find hope
Finding out your child has an intellectual disability can turn your whole world upside down.
For Saryn’s parents, getting her diagnosis of Koolen-de Vries syndrome, (a very rare genetic condition), sparked grief, denial, and a feeling of isolation. “We didn’t know what to expect, or what the future would hold. We were desperate for information and our local library an hour out of Nelson didn’t have any.”
The IHC supported Kerry & Steve with information packs and guidance sharing how to help Saryn to live a rich, fulfilled life. “With IHC’s help we know she can do this.”