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The Kerferd Oration promotes a culture of community discussion through sharing knowledge. The Oration brings to local people an emerging issue presented by an eminent speaker within the context of social justice in rural areas.This year's Kerferd Oration is to be delivered by Barry Irvin AM, the Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese.Barry Irvin has extensive experience in the dairy industry and has been Chairman of Bega Cheese since 2000. Barry is also Chairman of Giant Steps, which supports children and families dealing with the challenges of autism, and is a Director of the Gardiner Foundation, which funds leadership programs, study tours, and scholarships in the disciplines of dairy production and marketing, and farm business management."I have always believed in giving back, giving a hand up, helping those in need, " Mr Irvin said. "In my life I have great demonstrations of that, as people have been so generous to me; at first they wanted to help me with my autistic son Matthew and later help in developing and growing Giant Steps. "The strength and wisdom of the collective has been demonstrated to me over and over again in both my business and charitable activities."