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Cancer Research UK raises funds via contactless benches

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first_imgHave you donated via a smart bench? Tell us about the experience in the comments below. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”5″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”100″ thumbnail_height=”75″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”20″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show as slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Advertisement More contactless benches to comeFollowing this pilot, a further 10 benches will be installed by the end of February, with an additional 80 to be installed this year.Michael Docherty, director of digital at Cancer Research UK, said:“Having used contactless technology in innovative ways in the past to engage the public in the work we do, we are always looking for new opportunities to incorporate contactless technology further throughout the charity and make it even easier for our supporters to help us beat cancer sooner. These Smart Benches seemed like the next step in our use of contactless technology to bring charitable giving closer to our supporters, integrating it seamlessly into cutting-edge street furniture.”Miloš Milisavljević, founder and CEO of Strawberry Energy, developers and owners of the Smart Bench network, said that he was proud that they had worked with CRUK on a fundraising innovation, saying:“Our charging stations bring people together, motivate them to spend more time outdoors, and enhance their enjoyment of the environment with information such as pollution sensors.”World Cancer Day 2017As well as making donations via these smart benches, Cancer Research UK is also urging the nation to wear a Unity Band® on 4 February 2017, World Cancer Day, to create an #ActofUnity that will help beat cancer sooner. The charity suggests a donation of £2 per band.  451 total views,  5 views today A street bench is the latest object to be transformed into a contactless giving opportunity. Cancer Research is introducing 100 ‘smart benches’ in London in time for World Cancer Day today, 4th February.Developed in partnership with Strawberry Energy and MKTG, the solar-powered benches “enhance public spaces” by providing mobile device charging ports and free wi-fi access, as well as, you’ll be pleased to hear, a place to sit and socialise.#SmartBenchUKCRUK is claiming that this is “the world’s first use of contactless payment on the Smart Bench”. The public can use their contactless debit or credit card on the bench to tap and donate £2 to the cancer charity.Cancer Research UK is the first brand to partner on the Smart Bench scheme. The locations in Islington and Lewisham were selected because of their high-footfall.  Strawberry EnergyStrawberry Energy built the benches. It develops solar-powered street furniture for smart cities to enhance the outdoor experience of the 21st century mobile generation. Urban Partnerships, a division of MKTG, delivers projects within the public space that are mutually beneficial for both brands and non-profit organisations.The first benches in London will not cost taxpayers a penny. Strawberry has taken on production and installation as part of its commitment to London as a smart city.The benches are indeed smart. Sensors built into them monitor real-time environmental data including air quality, which users can check via the Strawberry Energy smart phone app. The data is fed to local boroughs to help monitor the capital’s air quality. Howard Lake | 4 February 2017 | News Tagged with: Cancer Research UK contactless London Where to sit and donateIf you want to try out a Smart Bench you will find them at the following locations, with map co-ordinates in brackets.Islington·         Contactless Essex Road (51.538116, -0.099604)·         Contactless: Islington Green (51.535865, -0.103000)·         Essex Road (51.540730, -0.095340)·         Old Street (51.525104, -0.092511)·         Newington Road (51.551009, -0.085991)Lewisham·         Contactless: Albion Way- Lewisham High Street (51.462605, -0.010379)·         Contactless: Lewis Grove- Albion Way (51.461434, -0.010507)·         Near the model market (51.4598471,-0.0114373)·         Brookmill Road (51.473093, -0.023598)·         Corner of New Cross Road and Childeric Street (51.475793, -0.036973) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis109 Donating to CRUK on the streets of Lewisham – by smart bench. Charities and contactless givingCRUK is just one of a number of charities that has been testing contactless giving over the last couple of years.CRUK uses contactless giving via their charity shop windows (January 2015)CRUK trials contactless collections for World Cancer Day 2016 (February 2016)Comic Relief to raise contactless donations via comedian statues (February 2015) Blue Cross uses dogs for mobile contactless fundraising (May 2016)  Cancer Research UK raises funds via contactless benches  452 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis109 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

As Gov. Cuomo slashes funding, local municipalities and officials take notice

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first_imgState Senator Fred Akshar told 12 News Governor Andrew Cuomo is cutting AIM funding by 20% to 12 different cities across New York. AIM, or Aid and Incentives for Municipalities, makes up a large portion of the money local towns and villages get from the state. (WBNG) — Southern Tier officials are worried cuts seen in other parts of the state could be coming to our area. While none of these 12 cities are here in the Southern Tier, Akshar said sooner or later, we will start to feel the effects of these cuts as well. The state will save about $74M with these cuts. Akshar said if the state is so determined to save that money, he’d like to see the funds come from other programs, like tax breaks to movie companies or publicly funded political campaigns. “They’re large cities, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester; It’s caught my eye because I see the direction the train is travelling and I know it’s only a matter of time before it starts affecting places like Binghamton,” Akshar told 12 News Wednesday.last_img read more

Middle powers must step up to promote multilateralism

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first_img“Countries tend to close their doors to foreigners, which is very well understood during this pandemic. But hopefully this kind of attitude will only last temporarily. We need to build trust on global governance especially during this specific time,” Retno said.The country’s top diplomat said that as major powers like the United States and China showed little interest in working together to tackle the global health crisis, Indonesia and a handful of other countries had drafted a United Nations General Assembly resolution in March calling for a multilateral approach to respond to the coronavirus.Retno added that the frustration regarding big power rivalries during the pandemic could in fact be an impetus for enacting reform within international organizations including the UN, spearheaded by developing countries. Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan backed Retno’s proposal, urging middle powers like Australia and Indonesia to forge a new kind of cooperation on the issue of public health and the economy.“The traditional leadership that we’ve come to expect is kind of disappearing. It means the rest of us, Indonesia, Australia and other middle powers need to step up and fill that gap,” he said, adding that middle powers must show courage and leadership to deal with the existing global political hierarchy.Quinlan maintained that history had shown that middle power countries had played crucial roles in keeping multilateralism alive. The fact that institutions like the G20, whose members consist of emerging economic countries and account for 85 percent of the world economy, could rise to prominence to respond to the 2008 global financial crisis showed how much coordination and multilateral cooperation between middle powers was necessary, Quinlan said.“We need some people in the driving seat, we need to reinforce all of those institutions,” he said.Executive director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Phillips J. Vermonte meanwhile proposed the need for a global platform that could work to accommodate the world’s vulnerable, especially in dealing with the global health crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.“Nations and international forums must keep nationalism and protectionism at bay. All countries need to address the international framework on global health issues and embark on the framework of the international health regulations,” he said.United Nations interim resident coordinator for Indonesia Niels Scott said that while the world arrived at the crucial stage in the pandemic and needed to decide on equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide, “we can’t fail multilateralism at this point, so that we can recover stronger.”While Indonesia has chosen to partner with Sinovac Biotech of China, Genexine Inc. of South Korea and the Bill Gates-backed Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in the search for a vaccine, fears over bulk-buying and inequitable global distribution of vaccines among wealthier countries remain a major concern in the country.Also speaking during the webinar was the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Policy Analysis And Development Agency, Siswo Pramono, who expressed his optimism that in the wake of this pandemic, a new generation of leader would emerge and take up the mantle of multilateralism. “We are going to see a new kind of multilateralism coming. Unlike the older generations who had been exposed to open war, millennials such as the current diplomats have long been dealing with pandemics such as HIV-AIDS in the 1980s, SARS, MERS and now COVID-19,” he said.Siswo said with millennials in charge of efforts to reanimate the economy, which has been battered by COVID-19, they would provide a different geopolitical perspective and a more cosmopolitan view of the world.”So, the pandemic is the real threat for millennials and 40 percent of diplomats are now millennials. They might have different points of view with those of the previous generation,” he said.Topics : As more countries shut their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and while major powers step up their rivalries, especially over access to potential vaccines and other critical medical supplies, Indonesia has renewed a call for countries around the world, especially those regarded as middle powers, to bolster existing platforms for multilateralism.Speaking to The Jakarta Post during the opening session of the webinar series titled “Multilateralism during a pandemic: Indonesia’s Perspective” on Thursday, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said countries around the world needed to make concerted efforts to promote multilateralism, which is now under threat from what she called transactional politics in international relations and growing self-reliance in dealing with the coronavirus.“Indonesia continues to believe in the virtue of multilateralism. We will continue to enforce an active and free foreign policy by not allowing ourselves to take sides in the big power rivalries,” Retno said. The minister also expected that the current assault on multilateralism would be a temporary phenomenon and that before long countries could go back to promoting global cooperation.last_img read more

Winters survives marathon weekend to earn trip to B.C. Scotties

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first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsJill Winters of Nelson survived a marathon weekend to earn one of the two spots in the upcoming 2011 Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championships in Cloverdale.Winters outlasted the Karla Thompson rink of Kamloops 7-6 in the B-C event final of the Interior Women’s Curling Championships Sunday at the Summerland Curling Club to win a trip to the provincial final.It was the ninth game of the weekend for the Winters rink, which includes fellow teammates, third Samantha Almquist, second Natalie Nowicki and lead Heather Nichol,The C-event final was necessary after the Spoolmak Country rink dumped the All-Kootenay rink 11-6 in the B-event final earlier in the day. Thompson scored four in the ninth to put the contest away.And the B-C-event game didn’t look good early for Winters. Thompson struck for three in the opening end forcing Winters to play catchup.However, it didn’t take long for the veteran skip to rebound. Winters scored a single in the second before stealing a pair in fourth and a single in the five to establish a 4-3 lead.After Thompson tied the contest by scoring one in the sixth, Winters struck for a deuce in the seventh before holding off Thompson for the narrow win.This is the second time in three years Winters had skipped a team to the B.C. Scott Tournament. The West Kootenay rink included Allison Hurley and Loreen Amonson of Nelson and Lisa Nevakshonoff of Castlegar. Winters also curled at the provincials in 1998, 2006 and 2007.The Cloverdale Curling Club hosts the 2011 Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championships January 17-23.Jen Fewster of Prince George, winner of the A-event, is the other Interior rep from the Summerland event slated to attend the Scotties tournament.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Ice clipped by Valley West Hawks during Showcase weekend

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first_imgThree players of the Kootenay Ice were selected to play in the contest — defenceman Austin Tambellini of Nelson, forward Coy Prevost of Kimberley and goalie Carson Schamerhorn of Trail.On the ice the third-place Hawks scored four times in the opening period en route to an 8-1 trashing of Kootenay.Eight different players shared in the scoring for Valley West, which took advantange of four special teams goals.Coy Prevost scored the only Ice marker.Sunday, was a carbon copy of the opening frame in game one as the Hawks scored four times to take control of the game.Kootenay, 3-20-5, travel to Vancouver Island for a pair of games against the South Island Royals.The next home date for Kootenay is February 1 when the Cariboo Cougars play two games in Nelson.Game one goes Saturday, February 1 at 12:30 p.m. at the NDCC Arena. Sunday, February 2, puck drop is 10:15 a.m. in the Civic Arena. Valley West Hawks kept pace with the leaders by out scoring the Kootenay Ice 14-1 during a two-game B.C. Hockey Major Midget League series this past weekend in Langley.The games were part of the BC Hockey Showcase weekend where all teams get together for a weekend of hockey. The idea is the tournament format allows hockey scouts to see the future stars.Some past players in the allstar game include Griffen Reinhart of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers, Brett Connolley of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Evander Kane of the Winnipeg JetsThe weekend opened Friday with the Allstar Game won 8-6 by Team Blue.last_img read more

Zondervan, Perkins spark Bombers to rout of Crowe Hawks

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first_imgThursday first contest between the two West Kootenay rivals was close through one quarter before a suffocating press allowed LVR to score 14 consecutive points to lead 30-16 at the half.Zondervan led all scorers with 17 points while Perkins added 16.Shannon Oosthoyen had nine while Christina Champlin had eight.Jennifer Chung led the Hawks with 10 points while Gina Oostlander had nine.The Bombers opened the season going 1-2 at a tournament in Agassiz before getting beaten by Pen Hi. Ali Zondervan and Naomi Perkins combined for 33 points to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a convincing 74-34 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Thursday night at the Hangar in Nelson.The win was the second of the season for the Bombers and made up for a loss during the weekend to AAA power Pen-Hi Lakers of Penticton.last_img read more

UPDATED: Bombers drop heartbreaker to DW Poppey at Rugby Championships

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first_imgLVR now meets G.W. Graham of Chilliwack in consolation round action Saturday. The winner finishes 11th. Lewis powers Bomber past Tupper at Rugby ChampionshipsRyan Lewis scored three tries to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 20-14 victory over Sir Charles Tupper of Vancouver in consolation round action at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Wednesday in Abbotsford.Lewis was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring three times and converting a penalty to lead the Bombers scoring machine.”This was a big win for us,” said Bomber head coach Michael Joyce from Abbotsford.”We played well in the first half, but (Sir Charles Tupper) came back hard in the second.”LVR opened the tournament Saturday in Kelowna, dropping a 31-5 decision to South Kamloops.The Bombers, ranked 13th in the 16-team field, now advance down the consolation round trail playing the winner of DW Poppey of Langley and Smithers Thursday.LVR advanced to the provincial tournament by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers 43-0 in the Kootenay Final played earlier this month at the Lakeside Pitch. The L.V. Rogers Bombers dropped a heartbreaker at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Thursday in Abbotsford.D.W. Poppey of Langley scored the winning points in the final minutes of he game to edge the Bombers 13-7 in consolation round action.The loss drops LVR into bottom half of the 16-team draw.”We played amazing defence and beat them physically, but had our troubles getting our offence to click,” said Bomber coach Michael Joyce.Chase Gilbertson gave the Bombers a 7-6 advantage with two minutes remaining in the game.However, the Bomber defence cracked just enough to allow Poppey to score the winning points.last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Rainbows, Bull Trout catch of the day

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first_imgReel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C It’s time for another boat load of fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Now that summer has arrived what better time is there to get out in the boat for some fishing.Kootenay Lake: Although the fishing tourism is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, with a few Bull Trout also from 2 – 6 pounds. Some of our best days see up to 20 fish being caught.  But, an average day would produce between 8 – 12 fish.  Lots of action to keep our guests busy. We have been mixing it up a bit lately as far as fishing location on the lake as well.  We have fished the extreme north, the extreme south, and the central portions of the lake and have found the better fishing to be from the central portion and south. Lighter gear is the ticket for fun now.  Still lots of excitement catching these 2 – 4 pounders on a fly rod or lighter spinning rod.  But, be prepared to break a few fish off if you manage to hook into some of the bigger fish still around. Either way, there’s still lots of action and lots of fun to be had on the lake. The West Arm has been producing some nice fish as of late.  It seems that some of our bigger fish have been cruising the West arm in search of food.  There have been a few surprises coming in lately. Fly fishing has been a blast in the past few weeks.  Lots of 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, but were also hooking into some Rainbows and Bull Trout up to eight pounds in the Arm.  This is a pleasant surprise when targeting the smaller fish. Lots of opportunity for fish this summer.  Looking forward to the tourist season and hoping to get lots more people hooked on this great sport.Columbia River: The river was on fire for the early months of April, May, and June.  Lots of fantastic days floating the river with both floating and sinking lines.  As the water remained low, the seams were plentiful and the fish remained very active. Lots of Rainbows between 2 – 5 pounds were being caught.  Also started to see more Walleye showing up in the fishery. Now, with the rising water, the fishing holes have changed a bit and the fish are moving around.  The back eddies are producing well, especially after the crazy caddis hatches that we had early in the season. Usually these hatches don’t start until this time of year.  A sign of the times I guess, as our seasons seam to be getting earlier every year. June and July should see some of the largest caddis hatches of the year and should put these fish back into a frenzy. Also, the Walleye should get to be more plentiful as the summer continues. Looking forward to the next couple months on the river!More Fishing Opportunities: It’s that time of year again when we spread the boats out to maximize our fishing presence.  For the next few months we will have our boats stationed at the following locations:   one boat on the Columbia River,  two boats on Kootenay Lake, and one boat on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet. So, no matter what your fishing preference is, we can accommodate. Looking forward to a busy summer.What are they biting on??? Not a lot of secrets out there at this time of year.  The main lake has been producing most Rainbows on the usual bucktail flies.  Common colours have been grey/white,  black/wht, green/wht.  The common numbers of these flies are:  210, 215, 221, 222, 234. Also catching some Rainbow and Bull trout on apex lures and my favourite Lyman plugs.  Check out some of the new Lyman patterns as they have been producing well for us. On the River we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the fly.  Dry lines with elk hair caddis have been working well on the hot days.  And on the cooler days, or when we can’t seem to catch on the dry, we have been drifting nymphs through our favourite holes. On the days when we are not flyfishing, we have been spin casting with spinners and spoons,  as well as bottom bouncing with bait. The bottom bouncers or jigs have been producing best for the Walleye. Lots of different techniques to use on the river and lots of different fish to be caught. Lets Go Fishing!Tight lines………………. Kerry Reedlast_img read more

Next up, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks

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first_imgWhile the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have cruised along this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season over nice smooth newly laid pavement, the Nelson Leafs have hit almost every pothole along the way to a third-place finish in the Murdoch Division.However, despite the Hawks finishing with 17 more wins and 33 points better in the Murdoch standing than the Leafs, both teams enter Tuesday opening game of the best-of-seven series on even terms.That’s right, when the starting pistol goes off at 7 p.m. in the Fruitvale Arena it’s open season on which team will advance to the Kootenay Conference Championship.“We’ve had tight games with them all year but I believe we need to adopt the same game plan as we did against Castlegar . . . continue our physicality, our defense-first hockey and then capitalize on our chances,” said Leaf veteran forward Dale Howell after Nelson posted the 4-2 series upset of the Castlegar Rebels — a team that also finished well ahead of the Green and White during the regular season.Most experts have the Nitehawks waltzing through this series just like the KIJHL regular season champs disposed of the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the first round of the playoffs — in straight games.However, those same experts probably also penciled in a Beaver Valley-Castlegar Murdoch Final in their KIJHL pool.“I think we have play with composure,” said Leaf head coach Mario DiBella when asked about the Nitehawks.“We have to get pucks to the net and we need to have traffic in front of their goaltender.”Nelson managed to take two games from the Hawks this season — one of the games coming in overtime.However, a quirk in the schedule saw the teams play only twice since Christmas with both games decided by a single goal and the Leafs struggling to put a complete roster together. “We went through some key injuries earlier in the season but it seemed like everything kind of lined up as the season ended with everyone getting healthy and back into the lineup,” said Howell, leading a balanced Leafs scoring attack with six points.“That’s been a big difference for us having a full lineup with everyone able to play to our full capabilities.”DiBella said the Leafs are fairly healthy following the Castlegar series.“We’ve got 22 guys eager to get started on the next series,” he said.“We’ve got a few days off now. We’ll practice Monday and get started Tuesday and I think that we’re in good shape to give Beaver Valley a run.”Facing the KIJHL best goalie will be a test for LeafsThere haven’t been many nights when Tallon Kramer has not left the ice a winner for the Nitehawks after starting the game.Similar to how Tyson Brower dominated the crease when the Kimberley Dynamiters won the KIJHL title in 2015, Kramer has owned opposing shooters, posting a league high 28 wins during the regular season and four more in the playoffs.To make matters worse, the Grande Prairie native has lowered his regular season goal average from 1.81 to 1.75 in the playoffs.“(Tallon Kramer) is a premier goalie in the league and we have to show him that we’re prepared to go hard to the net and earn our opportunities,” DiBella said.Nelson has a pretty good goalie of their own heading to the net to open the series Tuesday.Devin Allen, finishing the season with a 3.47 goal average, has put up some pretty good numbers of late, allowing two goals in three games — plus two posting two 1-0 shutouts — as Nelson rallied from a 2-1 deficit against Castlegar.Allen lowered his goal average to 2.04 in the playoffs.last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation creates scholarship for large animal veterinary students

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) has created a new scholarship fund to benefit large animal veterinary students attending The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. OCF has committed $25,000 over five years to the new scholarship fund. The first scholarships generated from this fund will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year.The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund will provide two scholarships each year to third or fourth-year veterinary students who have demonstrated interest in practicing large animal (food/farm) medicine and plan to practice in the state of Ohio. Preference will be given to candidates whose work, research or community involvement demonstrates interest in the beef industry, or to those who are involved with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The College of Veterinary Medicine, in consultation with Student Financial Aid, will oversee the scholarship fund, application process and will determine the scholarship recipients each year.It is commonly understood within the agricultural industry that the educational costs and subsequent debt load associated with a veterinary degree inhibit potential students from pursuing a career in the field or have long-term financial burdens for those who do. Thanks to the success of the Cattlemen’s Gala fundraiser, the OCF is pleased to be able to provide funds to create this impactful scholarship program.“As a cattle producer, I know first-hand the importance of having access to excellent veterinary care around the clock for my animals. However, as an industry we need to recognize the financial burden that a veterinary degree can place on students,” said Joe Foster, OCF president, of Gallipolis. “Our hope is that this scholarship enables more students to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian here in Ohio, benefitting cattle producers across the state for years to come.”In the next 15 to 20 years, it’s estimated that more than 25% of Ohio veterinarians will retire, requiring a new supply of veterinarians to fill gaps across the state. The need for well-educated, qualified veterinarians to ensure animal and public health is one every cattle producer knows all too well; the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is proud to play a part in ensuring the future of veterinary care in Ohio.To learn more about the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund through Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, please contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or cattle@ohiocattle.org.last_img read more