Scrap metal sought for fundraiser

MetalCorp Ashburton branch manager Aaron Broadbent, left, with Ashburton College TeenAg Club members Claudia Thomas, 17, and Logan Williams, 15, who are collecting scrap metal for fundraising.

Members of the Ashburton College TeenAg Club are collecting scrap metal and batteries as a way to fund farm trips and club equipment.

The club, which has 25 members of students from across Year 9 to 13, meets three or four times a term. They have a range of guest speakers, but are keen to hear from more and increase farm visit opportunities.

Club chairperson Claudia Thomas, 17, said in the past couple of years there had been limited chances to visit farms due to covid disruption, but there were plans in place for upcoming trips.

The club had been up and running since 2016, and members in the past had visited South Island Seeds, Methven Vets, Midlands Apiaries and a bull stud farm. Some members and agriculture students also helped with flood recovery clean-up this year at properties along Ashburton Staveley Road (or Greenstreet).

‘‘The club is currently in the process of organising a trip out to a cropping farm in Rakaia early next month,’’ Claudia said.

‘‘Visits like this are valuable for our members as it gives them an insight into how these businesses and farms run so that it can create interest within our members to pursue a career in the wider rural industry.’’

The students all have an interest in agriculture in some form, and come from a variety of rural and urban backgrounds. The visits – and guest speakers – were a way to see different farm operations and learn more about the agricultural industry first hand.

‘‘At this stage we have had one guest speaker which was Bryn Price from Agri Training, they are also our club sponsor,’’ Claudia said.

‘‘We do have some companies that we are looking to approach to come in and speak to the club, this includes a broad range of companies in the Mid Canterbury region. These funds that we are looking to raise from our metal fundraiser will enable us as a club to get in more guest speakers and make more visits,’’ she said.

The TeenAg Club members aimed to create an environment for like-minded students to learn more about the rural industry and were keen to hear from anyone with scrap metal lying about their properties who would be keen to donate it to their club.

Any scrap metal can be dropped to Metal Corp, in Tinwald, on the corner of Melcombe and Shearman streets, and added to the Ashburton College Young Farmers account.

Club members can also be contacted to collect scrap metal if needed.

MetalCorp Ashburton branch manager Aaron Broadbent said any type of metal including copper wire, lead nails stainless steel, farm machinery, car parts, tin or household appliances could be dropped off for recycling, as well as car and tractor batteries.

The graded metal was loaded on to trucks for shredding or shipping out of the MetalCorp base in Christchurch.