Canadian egg, turkey farmers raise funds for UGM

British Columbia farmers raised $181,763 for Union Gospel Mission
calendar icon 9 October 2023
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Each year, Canadian egg and turkey farmers from British Columbia hold a golf tournament to raise funds for the Union Gospel Mission (UGM), according to a press release from BC Egg. In 2023, the group of farmers raised its highest total ever - $181,763.04.

"Farmers love the fact that they grow healthy food for British Columbians," says Bodo Goetzke, egg farmer and member of the golf tournament organizing committee. "Farmers know how important a tasty, nutritious meal is to people who are unhoused, fighting addiction, or just generally in a bad place. A hot meal can kick start a positive change in that person's life."

The funds raised by the golf tournament will be used to supply UGM with nutritious eggs and turkey meat for their community kitchen. In addition, funds will go to the Fraser Valley Mobile Mission. This program consists of community workers and a truck stocked with food, drinks, hygiene items, and information on community resources. The workers drive the truck to multiple locations in the Fraser Valley to help as many people as possible.

"At UGM, we serve approximately 800 meals a day. Our motto, 'Hope Begins with a Meal' is a reflection of the transformation that begins when someone experiences love and care," says Stan Carmody, Manager Corporate and Foundations at UGM. "Thanks to all of your support, we are not only able to continue providing fresh and nutritious meals, but we are also able to continue to reach more of our community in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Your support is greatly appreciated by not only everyone here at UGM, but our entire community. From the bottom of all our hearts, thank you!"

The annual golf tournament attracts over 150 golfers and sponsors and was held at the Chilliwack Golf Club.

BC Egg is a non-profit organization representing 150 registered egg farmers throughout BC. Since its inception in 1967, BC Egg and egg farmers remain dedicated to ensuring that the choice of eggs reaching BC communities is safe, sustainable, nutritious, and affordable. 

BC Turkey represents 59 registered turkey farmers in British Columbia. In 2022, BC turkey farmers grew over 21 million kilograms of turkey meat. Year-round production is concentrated in the Fraser Valley but also occurs on Vancouver Island, in the Interior, and in the Peace Region. The industry is supported by both the BC Turkey Association and the BC Turkey Marketing Board which work to support growers, coordinate events, manage production within the national supply management system, and ensure high standards of food safety and flock care are met on every farm.

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