Charity’s first online auction raises more than £28,000 for good causes

Holstein Northern Ireland’s first ever online charity auction was a huge success, raising more than £28,000 for two local charities. 

The auction included a large variety of items, including three pedigree Holstein heifer calves; a corporate experience for four people at Old Trafford; hotel and restaurant vouchers; toys; paintings; several lots of bovine semen; a selection of fertiliser; cattle feed and tickets for Ulster Rugby.

“We are overwhelmed by the success of the auction, said Holstein NI chairman Iain McLean. 

Mr McLean confirmed the money will be divided equally between Friends of the Cancer Centre and Teen Challenge Belfast.

“Donations are still coming in, but preliminary calculations have confirmed that more than £28,000 has been raised,” he added.

Club secretary John Martin said they are hugely indebted to the numerous local businesses, agri-companies and individuals, who pledged 100 items for its charity auction.

“Thanks to Trevor Wylie at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart and LSL Auctions, we were able to combine timed and live auction formats. The auction coincided with a BBQ and presentation of awards for our annual Herds Inspection Competition,” concluded Mr Martin.

Photo: Holstein NI Committee member Charlie Weir presents one of the auction items to the crowd at the Holstein NI Charity Auction and BBQ in Dungannon. Photograph credit: Columba O’Hare/

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