Macra members were out in force at this week’s National Ploughing Championships, with the organisation’s focus on positive mental health.
Members spending time at the ploughing at Ratheniska were urged to make the most of Macra’s new chill-out area, which incorporated a full-time on-site DJ, farm safety demos, and more.
A limited-edition calendar featuring young farmers on the farm, including national president Seán Finan, was unveiled at the event, with copies being sold to visitors to Macra’s stand at the Youth Zone.
Created in partnership with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ ‘Walk in my Shoes’ campaign, the calendar offers a tongue-in-cheek look at Macra, but raises the serious issue of protecting mental health.
Mr Finan said: “Protecting our mental health is as important as keeping physically fit. Macra is an organisation that helps you keep mentally fit by getting involved, playing team sports and building up your social skills.
“Macra provides a social outlet for young people, whether they live in isolated parts of rural Ireland or the middle of a city. There is something for everyone.
“We can provide young people with the opportunity to meet new people, make an impact on your community by working with those in need, keep active by playing sports, and increase your confidence with our public speaking and performing arts programmes.
“In Macra, we have all the elements needed to grow your confidence, give you a social outlet and keep you active. These are all ways to protect your mental health and stay positive.”
Mr Finan also paid tribute to members who gave their time and energy to help make the calendar.
Those wishing to purchase the 15-month calendar should call 01 426 8900.
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