$10,000 RAISED FOR GRAHAM FAMILY15 June 2019 – posted in: Cheese, Uncategorized
Cupitt’s in collaboration with Milton/Ulladulla APEX hosted a weekend of live music, great food and wine to raise money for a local farming family that Cupitt Cheese making facility ‘Cupitt Fromagerie’ have been working with for 4 years. Maple Ridge Goat Dairy foreclosed early May, due to financial pressures of the rising price of feed for over the past year, due to the drought conditions.
Cupitt’s saw an opportunity to help the family as the Queens Birthday Long Weekend is always a popular time for visitors to come to the South Coast. In perfect winter conditions, with Soul Tonic performing a sensational concert; the community and our visitors joined to help raise $10,000 for Caleb and Meghan Graham and their three children. The money raised will help them through this tough time of paying off debt and general ongoing costs of a young family.
Apex Milton/Ulladulla have launched a new project to help fathers and felt that this fundraiser aligned with their mission. Jon Louth from APEX said “we’ve recently set up a Milton Ulladulla Dad’s Group to help dads come together to engage more with their kids. The local club members are predominantly father’s of young children and teens, so it really hit home that this local family was really in need of a hand up at this tough time. So of course we were more than happy to be involved and we’re excited that we’ve been able to help raise so much for the family.”
For Rosie Cupitt, who has worked with the Maple Ridge Goat’s milk for the last 4 years is devastated to see the dairy close. Rosie says “this weekend proved that we live in a very generous community. Farmers can be very proud people, it is in their DNA, they are also very self-reliant and self-sufficient. I believe this gesture of help from our community will make a big impact for the Graham family financially and emotionally.”
Caleb and Meagan Graham said ‘It’s difficult to put into words what you all have done for us. The past year has been extremely hard on, living in a drought is so stressful and tiring, with so much uncertainty. Shutting down the farm and sending the girls off to Tasmania was heart breaking! Watching each one stepping onto the truck While knowing each one was our dream stepping away out of our grasp! I knew each goat by name and spent every day looking after them! It dawned on me No longer would we be working on the land!
It’s hard to get my head around what I’m going to do next as I had planned on milking goats for the rest of my life. Finding a full time job is a challenge, plus all the while knowing I have a young family to support!
When Rosie first asked If Cupitt’s Winery could raise a donation for us, i was speechless and shocked! It warmed my heart knowing that we live in a small knit community that cares! You have proven this! When I shared Cupitt’s winery’s plans for the long weekend with Meagan, she burst into tears that you would all care for us that much for us as we tried to look at the future
Your donation will enable me time to find work as I step towards our new unknown future, it feels as though you have all giving us room to catch our breath as we wrap our heads around everything!
I know it’s not much but from the bottom of mine and my family’s heart we thank you!’
You can listen to an interview with Nick Rheinburger and Caleb here. The interview is 40 minutes into the file on Monday 17 July.
Cupitt Fromagerie makes two hard goats milk cheeses that are still available from Caleb’s goats milk. The Tomme de Chevre is an aged hard cheese (min 15 months) and the Caprino Romano is a semi hard cheese aged 4 months. These are available in the Cellar Door.
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