At this year’s Conference, TurfBreed growers banded together at the Charity Auction to raise a mammoth $35,000 to support the recovery of fellow NT grower, Gavin Howie who tragically lost both legs in a turf accident earlier this year.
Auction items ranging from a trip for two to the Turf Producers International Conference to fertiliser, netting, lawn mowers and even popular John Deere toys all featured favorably with the passionate bidders. TurfBreed grower, Ross Boyle did a tremendous job in driving the auction items up in value.
TurfBreed’s Managing Director, Steve Burt said that he had “… spoken to Gavin, and to say he is humbled, and gob-smacked by the charity our TurfBreed growers have offered him is an understatement.
“The money raised will go towards Gavin’s ongoing medical rehabilitation and occupational health expenses.”
Steve added that Gavin’s accident had touched the whole turf industry and “… made us all realise that it only takes a moment of lost attention for someone to lose their limbs.
“Gavin is making a good recovery and is positive about moving forward and spreading the message about on farm safety.”
A video was played at the conference of Gavin thanking the TurfBreed growers for their ongoing support and commitment in helping his recovery.
In the video, Gavin notes that “…everyone thinks such an accident won’t happen to them, but it can – I am now working hard on farm with our safety as this accident brought home the point that safety is a very big thing.
“As a grower you think it will never happen to you – don’t think like that, don’t do things fast, think first!
“I realise how lucky I am to be here today and that I can still grow up with my kids and family. While I have to have a few more operations, I will hopefully be up and walking with two new legs in a few months.”
Gavin stressed that moving forward he was going to promote farm safety. “The money you invest in farm safety is vital – go home after this conference and make sure you have all your insurance and farm safety measures in place,” he added.
“Thanks to TurfBreed for all the support you have given me and to all in the turf industry. Your love and support have made it a whole lot easier.
“I hope to catch up with you all in 2020 at the next TurfBreed conference and you will see me on two new legs – but, maybe a bit shorter!”
For more information contact TurfBreed Managing Director, Steve Burt M: 0419 007 398.