HUGE goals are being kicked by our farming community – and, as importantly, our cattle buyers – for Carinya Aged Care, with yet more sales of fattened calves at the Leongatha VLE Saleyards at Koonwarra last week.

The response to the calf raising program is paving the way for a host of initiatives to be implemented at Carinya.

“The generosity of our farmers and cattle buyers is instrumental to the ongoing success of the program,” livestock coordinator Eddy Hams said following last week’s sale which saw a top of $4.38 per kilogram for Carinya steers.

In excess of $44,000 has been raised to date with prime steers being sold regularly.

As the major building program at Carinya progresses, funds raised from the calf program will be utilised specifically for an outdoor area where residents and the wider community can meet surrounded by a garden, walking path, and purpose-designed landscaping that will include toilet facilities.

The funds will also be used for much-needed specialised dementia management equipment.

The committee has a grant application lodged with the federal government which, if successful, would be utilised on a 50-50 basis with the calf raising funds.

“The committee, management, staff and residents are overwhelmed with the outcome of the calf raising program and the direct donations associated with it,” Carinya committee president Jenny Blackmore said.

“All donors would be recognised with a heartfelt invitation to visit Carinya for the grand opening of the new facilities and, as importantly, have their names inscribed on our donation tree.”

If you can assist by fattening a calf or two, call Eddy Hams 0407 414 235, Sally Kyle 0419 623 651 or Alan Fraser 0428 388 956.