Charities benefit from the Biggenden campdraft
Competitors travel from all over the Wide Bay region
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