Jamestown Hospital and Camp Quality benefit

Des and Deb Sleep (growers), Minka Drew (Camp Quality), Janette Bertram (Camp Quality) and Michael Hill (Viterra).
Des and Deb Sleep (growers), Minka Drew (Camp Quality), Janette Bertram (Camp Quality) and Michael Hill (Viterra).

Mid North grain growers Craig Simpson and Des Sleep have helped contribute $1000 each to the Jamestown Hospital and Camp Quality after they nominated the charities in a recent Viterra competition.

Craig, of Belalie North, and Des, of Terowie, were two of three winners across the state who nominated a community group to receive one of three $1000 donations.

Viterra’s Operations Manager for the Central region Jack Tansley said the prizes were offered to growers who filled out a planting survey in July to help the bulk handler with its segregations.

“The planting survey is an important tool for us to plan our operations in the lead up to harvest and we thank everyone for participating. The results are available on our website,” Jack said.

The funds for Jamestown Hospital will be put towards community-funded renovations to the hospital’s Luke Verco wing.

Craig said he nominated the hospital because it was the lifeblood of the community.

“It’s really important we support the hospital and keep it up to date. Every cent counts.”

The donation to Camp Quality will go towards its Family Camps program, providing families with a break from the day-to-day stresses of childhood cancer.

Des said he chose Camp Quality after his son Russell had also raised money for the charity through a 24 Hour Sheep Shear-a-thon.

“They supported him all the way and are really great people,” Des said.

Jack said Viterra was a major supporter of regional communities.

“...it’s great to offer an incentive which helps give back to the community.

“Growers were able to nominate any community group to receive the donation and three entries were drawn at random. We are lucky to have had two winners from the Mid North,” Jack said. 

“Viterra is pleased to be supporting the Jamestown Hospital and Camp Quality with these donations to support local communities.”