IHC Calf and Rural Scheme

In your community

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. 

Who are the IHC? 

Who are the IHC? 

The IHC are New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support and educate people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

… and what is the Calf and Rural Scheme? In every rural community around the country, IHC provide vital support and information for families living with intellectual disabilities.

Every year, IHC will partner with farmers across the country who pledge to donate the proceeds of their livestock. Once sold at market, the proceeds directly support and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities within the community.

The initiative was launched in New Zealand 40 years ago, today there are more than 45,000 New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities who need some extra support, you can help, go to www.ihc.org.nz/ruralOpens an external link

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.

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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.

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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.”

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How can I contribute? 

You don’t have to be a dairy farmer to show your support.

When you donate to the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme, your gift supports some of the most vulnerable people in your community. You can either make a virtual donation to the market value of an animal or donate monthly with a contribution that suits you.