Wales YFC hope to buy their HQ on the Royal Welsh Showground from Neath Port Talbot College who they have been renting from for many years.
A once in a lifetime opportunity has arisen for Wales YFC to purchase the ground floor area of the building currently home to the charity’s first floor headquarters on the Royal Welsh Showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.
To purchase the building and make some proposed improvements, next week’s Welsh Winter Fair will help raise £150,000 by the end of February. This translates to £25.60 per Wales YFC member or £1,000 per club.
Wales YFC has been located on the showground since the early 1990s when its then chief executive, Martin Pugh, agreed to purchase a share of the building with Neath Port Talbot College.
Coleg Powys now owns the downstairs of the building since it merged with NPTC but cannot find a use for the rooms and has offered Wales YFC the opportunity to purchase it.
Wales YFC chairman Arwel Jones said: “We have been given a fantastic opportunity to build a solid foundation for future generations of Wales’ young farmers but we need financial help to make this dream of owning the entire building become a reality.
“We only own the upstairs area of the building at the moment and can only use the downstairs areas during events such as the Royal Welsh Show, the Spring Festival and the Winter Fair."
“At next week’s Welsh Winter Fair we will be encouraging past and present members to invest in the building by ‘buying a brick’", added Mr Jones.
“Suggested donations are £25 per brick, £100 for a keystone, £250 for a corner stone and £500 for a foundation stone - but if organisations or individuals want to give more we would consider naming one of the rooms in honour of the donation."
John Davies, Wales YFC finance committee chairman, said that as a past member he would like to encourage everyone that has had an involvement with the organisation to help raise the funding.
“All past members have benefited immensely from the organisation over the years.
"My plea is to past members to put your hand in your pocket and help make this building a proper resource centre for future members.”
The ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign will be formerly launched at the Wales YFC centre at 9.30am on Monday. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact the Wales YFC centre on 01982 553502.
From December 1 online donations will be possible via the Wales YFC website: www.yfc-wales.org.uk