The 2019 Good Friday Appeal tally for Corowa-Wahgunyah has received a massive boost thanks to the generosity of local farmers and stock agents, with close to $13,000 being raised through a sheep drive at the Corowa saleyards on Monday.
Steve Grantham, president of the Corowa Associated Stock Agents said around 65 sheep were donated by more than 25 producers.
Mr Grantham said the auction was well supported by buyers with the top pen of six lambs making $250.
“We are overwhelmed by the level of support we have received from our rural community” said Emily Bush, a coordinator for the Corowa Good Friday Appeal committee. “The tally for the sheep drive includes over $2,500 in cash donations from the livestock agents, farmers and spectators. We have even had several local farmers who don’t run sheep support the appeal by donating in cash the value of a sheep.”
In the crowd were several local children who have been treated at the Royal Children’s Hospital who eagerly watched the auction with their families and handed out Easter eggs. The youngest RCH patient at the sale was Ollie Talbot. Now three months old, Ollie underwent open heart surgery at just three days of age. His mother, Abby Talbot said she and husband Steven are forever grateful to the Royal Children’s Hospital for all they have done, not only for their son but for so many other children.
“To have access to such an amazing facility only a few hours away is incredible” she said. “The hospital not only provides medical care to sick children, but supports their families through what would be one of the most challenging and stressful periods of their lives.”
Ms Bush gave special mention to those who contributed to the wonderful result, in particular the local livestock agents, Federation Council and Julie Lavis and said the committee hoped to make the sheep drive an annual event.
“The Sheep Drive has been a wonderful start to our fundraising efforts this week, which will culminate on Good Friday when our volunteers hit the streets of Corowa and Wahgunyah to collect donations.”