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12 May 2023

The Carr Family Foundation and their Health & Wellness Programme will be at SIDE in Invercargill!

Time for a Check Up!

The Carr Family Foundation and their Health & Wellness Programme will be at SIDE in Invercargill!

Photo: Kane Brisco from Farm Fit, Stacy McKerchar People & Safety Support, Carrifields and Craig "Wiggy" Wiggins.

Last year at SIDE in Oamaru, 85 farmers and rural professionals lined up for a Rural Wellness Check-Up. 

Farmers attending SIDE in Invercargill this year will get the same opportunity - it could save you life!

About the Carr Family Foundation

The Carr Family Foundation is the philanthropic arm to Carrfields Ltd. Carrfields is representative of a family who has farmed and built the Carr Group of companies over the past forty years from the fields of the Canterbury region. The Carr Family Foundation is passionate about giving back to the agricultural communities around New Zealand and the world that our businesses, suppliers, and customers operate and live in.

“Our goal is to make a sizeable difference in the rural communities rather than making very little impact on many”.

Rural Health & Wellness Program:

“Supporting our Rural Communities”

Ensuring rural communities have access to mental and physical health checks is the main objective of the Rural Health & Wellness initiative, which was launched last year.

Their Rural Health and Wellness mobile van is designed to provide free health checks in our rural communities across New Zealand to farmers, which is easy, timely and accessible. The wellness checks on offer will cover:

  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Blood pressure,
  • BMI
  • A general chat about wellness and mental health.

People who visit the van will receive a report card from the nurse that they can then take to their own GP for further follow up.

“Regular health checks not only help identify underlying medical conditions, but they can also be a guide to options that speed up the recovery process and help maintain and improve overall health and wellbeing”.


Their goal is to assess about 50 plus people per day at each sale yard or event they intend to visit from the bottom of the South through to the top of the North Island over a 12-month period.