There is something truly special about the agricultural community as I am learning. Farmers share a unique bond. They are not looking for praise or awards but rather do things for others out of the kindness of their hearts. They are one big family. And I experienced how much that family supports one another when needed.
On November 8, 2014 an amazing thing happened at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair: a community came together to support one of their own.
Danny Findlay is a farmer from Kars, ON. He is a son, a husband, a father and a friend. He has shown at the Royal Winter Fair for years. Saldy ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease, kept Danny from going this year. So his family rallied together to show their support.
My good friend Brent Palsson, Chief Cattle Herder at Palsson Herefords wanted to do something for his friend. He decided to raise some cash to be given to Danny’s family for expenses associated with this awful disease by shaving off his 21 year old goatee. While the shears were trimming a hat was passed and in the end $1,700 was raised for Danny and his family.
This small act defined “community” for me. It wasn’t about the sexy cause or building the resume; it was about a friend helping a friend. People rejoicing in the act of kindness while lamenting for one of their own. There was no judgement only acceptance and encouragement. It was a group of people taking care of another.
Thank you Brent for teaching me the true definition of community. You are my unsung hero.
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