Cargill fights cancer through pink spreader

By Joel Charron

Cargill is taking the fight to cancer in a unique way…by spreading fertilizer.

Cargill, an international company that deals with farm equipment and another farm related matters, which has a location in Harrow is donating $5 for the fight against breast cancer for every metric ton of fertilizer that is used in their specially pink painted spreader.

“Everyone has been touch by cancer in some way, shape or form,” said Facility manager Randy Thiessen. “This is just our way of helping to fighting this fight.”

Cargill (Harrow location) staff stands in front of the spreader they use to raise money for breast cancer. For any metric ton of fertilizer used, Cargill will donate $5 fight breast cancer.

According to Thiessen, the idea of painting the spreader pink came as a joke. Every year the Harrow Cargill location picks one or two pieces of equipment to get a complete “overhaul.”

“In the process of getting the paintwork done on the spreader, someone joked by saying, why don’t we paint it pink,” said Thiessen.

From that comment, Thiessen said they decided to paint the spreader pink and use it as a fundraiser event to support the fight against breast cancer.

This is the first year that Cargill has put forward such a fundraising event and so far is getting positive feedback from the public.

“We’re getting great comment from not only customers but the general public. They find out what we are doing and there are excited about it,” said Thiessen.

Since the word got out of Cargill’s fundraiser, location marketing representative Jessica Giganc said that farmers have been signing up to use the spreader.

“How it works is that we (Cargill) fill up the spreader with how ever much fertilizer the customer wants, they pick it up and spread the fertilizer themselves and return the spreader,” said Gignac.

Thiessen said the maximum donation Cargill will donate is $1,000. There has even been an distance in which a customer matched Cargill’s donation, based on their tons.

Gignac mentioned that having the spreader painted pink helps create awareness in the rural areas.

“It’s hard to promote awareness in rural area because it’s more based in the towns,” said Gignac. “This sort of gets the awareness out into our rural community and what better way to do that than a pink spreader in the field.”

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