Light-hearted chatter with football legend

CELEBRATIONS: Kevin Sheedy will be having a chat with Tatyoon farmers on Thursday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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KEVIN Sheedy will join young farmers for an afternoon tea at the Tatyoon Football and Netball Club on Thursday.

He will be the guest of honour at the event to celebrate young farmers and their life on the land.

Sheedy will join the farmers from 4pm before running and Auskick session at 5.30pm.

He said young farmers needed to connect with each other to help deal with tough times.

“Our farmers often face adversity, whether it be droughts, floods, bushfires, or market downturns,” he said.

“So we need to ensure there’s a way they can connect with each other and help each other through difficult periods.

“I’ve travelled extensively across regional Australia over the last 50 years and I’ve seen the enormous impact farmers have on our way of life.

“We need more events like this to show our appreciation for the rural sector and inspire confidence and resilience in our farmers to continue producing the food that we put on the dinner table every night.”

The event is being run by the Young Agribusiness Professionals network, which is the youth arm of the Victorian Farmers Federation.

Spokesperson and Ararat districtfarmer Andrew Laidlaw said it was exciting for the Tatyoon community to receive a visit from such a high profile football identity.

He said Sheedyis also passionate about farming and advocate for youth leadership in rural Australian communities.

“It was great to see the launch of the AFL’s Country Round this year and we know that Kevin was the driver behind that,” he said.

“We’re thrilled to have a leader like him come and share his insights and experience.”

Mr Laidlaw said the event was being run by the federationas part of the state government’sLook Over the Gate initiative.

The initiative aimsto help rural communities connect.

It alsoacts as a way to build relationships among future generations of Victorian farmers.

Mr Laidlaw said younger farmers could find themselves isolated on rural properties.

“As a young farmer, it’s always busy on-farm and can be really difficult to find time to check in with mates,” hesaid.

“Sport brings communities together, particularly in tough times.

“It is great that this event can celebrate not only the contribution of young farmers, but also emphasise the importance of sport, recreation and mateshipand the impact that this has on our wellbeing.”

The afternoon with Sheedy is free to attend.

It will run from 4pm with the Auskick session to start at 5.30pm.

Mr Laidlaw said a booking is required to attend the event which will be held at the Tatyoon Football and Netball Club.

He said to contact the federation on 1300 882 833 by Monday to book a place.

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