Char­i­ties ben­e­fit from the Biggen­den cam­p­draft

Com­peti­tors travel from all over the Wide Bay re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Murree

THE an­nual Biggen­den Char­ity Cam­p­draft was held on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 16, with com­peti­tors from all over theWide Bay area.

The cat­tle sup­plied for the draft were sourced lo­cally and the com­mit­tee wished to thank all donors for their sup­port.

With more than 280 com­peti­tors for the day, the vol­un­teers were kept busy with the “be­hind the scenes” or­gan­is­ing of such a huge one day event.

Biggen­den Char­ity Cam­p­draft pres­i­dent Bev Geissler said the Post­code Draft was held in the mid­dle of the day to al­low lo­cal spec­ta­tors to view the Biggen­den rid­ers.

The over­all win­ner of this event was Tea­gan Bechly on a lo­cally bred horse “Mingo”.

The other drafts were hotly con­tested with 94 rid­ers in the Maiden draft start­ing at 6.30am.

Mrs Geissler said the younger rid­ers had a chance to com­pete in the mi­nor, ju­nior and ju­ve­nile.

“This was a great show­case of our younger rid­ers show­ing off their skills while Mum and Dads cheered them on,” she said.

“The cat­tle for the chil­dren were a lit­tle slower and eas­ier to ma­noeu­vre around the course than the faster cat­tle for the other drafts.

“They of­ten came out of the camp at a great speed to head straight to the op­po­site end of the arena, giv­ing many rid­ers a very short chance of work­ing them around a peg or two.”

The pro­ceeds of the Char­ity Draft will go to the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion and the Can­cer Coun­cil of Queens­land.

Funds came from the many nom­i­na­tions, a Cal­cutta held the night be­fore at the Rose Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions for the lo­cal rid­ers, a lunchtime auc­tion, gold coin do­na­tions and a raf­fle.

Or­gan­is­ers thanked all the prop­erty own­ers who do­nated cat­tle, the spon­sors and donors of the draft events and those that do­nated items for the auc­tion, the an­nouncer from theWidgee area and the lo­cal judges who kept the day run­ning smoothly and ef­fi­ciently.

For Com­mu­nity Fundrais­ing Of­fi­cer for the re­gion Sue-Ellen Pitt, it was a great day at her first ever Cam­p­draft.

She said com­ing from an agri­cul­ture farm­ing back­ground, it was for­tu­nate that she met Kate (Strathdee) from Glen Innes early in the day who ex­plained the rules.

“And I very quickly had a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the skill re­quired to get the ‘beasts’ (I called them calves!) to go where the rid­ers wanted them to,” Ms Pitt said.

“Hav­ing to or­gan­ise many events my­self, it was re­lax­ing for me to see the day un­fold, the re­sult of a lot of hard work be­hind the scenes and on the day from a wide range of peo­ple.”

She com­mended the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and sin­cerely thank all the vol­un­teers who con­trib­uted to a very suc­cess­ful event.

“Special thanks must go to all the busi­nesses who do­nated goods for the raf­fle and auc­tion as well, as this al­lows all fundrais­ing to go di­rectly to pa­tient sup­port and re­search,” she said.

“The time the rid­ers, young and old, spend look­ing after and train­ing their horses is in­spir­ing.

“There is a lot more to their lives than go­ing and play­ing a game of footy or net­ball on a Satur­day af­ter­noon.”

Ms Pitt said the funds raised from this event sup­ported ru­ral and re­gional pa­tients who were di­ag­nosed with a blood can­cer in­clud­ing leukaemia, lym­phoma, and myeloma.

“There are 137 dif­fer­ent types of blood can­cers and re­lated blood dis­or­ders,” she said.

“For some­one from the Wide Bay or North Bur­nett, it is straight to Bris­bane for treat­ment – of­ten within 24 hours of di­ag­no­sis.

“It means leav­ing be­hind loved ones for months of treat­ment.”

Ms Pitt said the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion free of charge, re­liev­ing some of the fi­nan­cial and emo­tional bur­den that goes with the shock and worry of di­ag­no­sis.

“Pro­vid­ing a home away from home is very im­por­tant so that pa­tients can fo­cus more on get­ting bet­ter,” she said.

“The Foun­da­tion also pro­vides trans­port to and from treat­ments, sup­port groups and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, coun­selling, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, and has in­creased in­vest­ment into re­search to find bet­ter treat­ments and hope­fully one day, a cure.

“Our pri­or­ity is to de­liver the best pos­si­ble health out­comes for pa­tients.

“We want more peo­ple to sur­vive a blood can­cer di­ag­no­sis and go on to live a full life.

“As we re­ceive no on-go­ing gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance, fundrais­ing is vi­tal for the Foun­da­tion to pro­vide th­ese ser­vices,” she said.

The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion con­grat­u­lates the Biggen­den Char­ity Cam­p­draft for their out­stand­ing event, and sin­cerely thanks the com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing sup­port by mak­ing them a fundrais­ing ben­e­fi­ciary.


1 CamChris­tensen, Boc 89 2 Cam Chris­tensen, Candice 88

3 RobertWorm­ing­ton, Linx 87

4 tie Cam Chris­tensen, Zig and Stu­art Speed, Bub­bles 85

High­est cut out Stu­art Speed, Bub­bles 23.


1 Rus­sell Kenny, Al­legience 89 2 Rick Seeds, Leroy 84 3 TrevorWorm­ing­ton, Ex­pense 82 4 Sharon Lohse, Don­nie 77 High­est cut out, Rick Seeds, Leroy 20


1 Ben Cooper, Classy 81 2 CoreyWorm­ing­ton, Miss Ray 71

3 Pey­ton Thode, War Wueen 70

4 Ben Cooper, Tas­sas Smart Jessie 21

High­est cut out, Ben Cooper Tas­sas Smart Jessie, 21


1Matthew Davies, Tribal 85

2 MikalahWorm­ing­ton, George 80 3 Dustin Fawck­ner, Phin 77 4 Corey Smart, Poppy & Katie Davies, Pep­tos Dandy 69

High­est cut out, Matthew Davies on Bluff Down Bega



1 Kale­bWorm­ing­ton, Delta 84

2 Ben Buczma, Lit­tle Fella 79

3 Mur­raya Ho­ran, Grandma 76

4 Nel­son Brooks, Lib­erty 75

High­est cut out, Ja­cob Lewis on Pas­sion 22


1 Tea­gan Bechly, Mingo 85 2 Sharon Lohse, Don­nie 84 3 Denis Lin­coln, Buddy & Hamil­ton Rock­e­mer, Whiskey 82

4 Roslyn Bed­dows, Lit­tle Fella 78.

High­est cut out, Emily Rock­e­mer on Ca­lypso 22


1 Rod­ney Blagg, Holly 84 2 Ta­mara Buczma, Shadow & Kyrah Dray­ton, Miss Kerry 82

3 Cec Sul­li­van, Lock­yer &Cam Chris­tensen, Boc 81 4 Stu­art Speed, Big Red 79 High­est cut out, Ray­mond Charles on Miss Adrenaline Rush 22


1 Stephen Bed­dows, Lil Red Hick­ory 174

2 Alisha Don­ald, Acres Candy Oak 170

3 Ray­mond Charles, Soli­taire 168

4 Re­becca Kenny, Melody 110.

High­est cut out, Stu­art Speed on Big Red 23

Fastest round of the day – Re­becca Kenny on Melody in 27.13s

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