Buy a Bale Ball

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FUN and fundrais­ing went hand in hand at the Buy a Bale High Coun­try Ball, held in Mans­field on Satur­day night.

More than $110,000 was raised, money that will be used to feed live­stock on drought af­fected farms, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the 260 at­ten­dees and the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

The to­tal fig­ure was bol­stered by strong bid­ding on the char­ity auc­tion’s lead item, a B-dou­ble truck load of SuPer­fect fer­til­izer.

The fer­til­izer was pur­chased by Ren­nie De Maria from Al­liance In­sur­ance, and Mick and Ann McCor­mack, Ne­nagh Pas­toral, Mans­field for $20,000.

The SuPer­fect is part of a mas­sive do­na­tion of 10 B-dou­ble truck loads from Incitec Pivot Fer­tilis­ers in con­junc­tion with lo­cal dealer, Be­nalla Bulk Fer­til­iz­ers.

The char­ity auc­tion had some­thing for ev­ery­one, from bull and horse se­men to a sap­phire and di­a­mond ring or a golf­ing hol­i­day in Tas­ma­nia.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, Leanne Back­well, said the Buy a Bale High Coun­try Ball was huge suc­cess.

“Farm­ers and busi­nesses were quick to show their sup- port through ticket sales, spon­sor­ship and do­na­tions to­wards the night, or items for the char­ity auc­tion."

The Super­fect fer­til­izer is one of sev­eral char­ity auc­tion items which will be of­fered in the weeks fol­low­ing the ball to con­tinue rais­ing money for farm­ing fam­i­lies do­ing it tough.

Be­nalla Bulk Fer­til­iz­ers will also do­nate a fur­ther $10 a tonne to Buy a Bale for ev­ery tonne of SuPer­fect they cart and spread for the char­ity auc­tion's win­ning bid­ders.

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FUN FOR THE BOYS: Among the guests were (from left) Matt Robert­son, Incitec Pivot Fer­tilis­ers, Joel Mid­dle­ton, who farms at Howes Creek, Mer­ri­jig farmer Steve Chioto, Will Hen­zell, also from Incitec Pivot Fer­tilis­ers, Mark Long, Be­nalla Bulk Fer­til­iz­ers, and Mar­shall Yencken, who farms at ’Kooy­ong’, Mans­field.

FLOWN IN FOR SOME FUN: Belinda De Maria (left) and Kate McDougall (right) wel­come Scone dis­trict farm­ers, Rachel Cox and her fa­ther Guer­den Cox, who run ‘GlenEyre’ at Owens Gap. The Cox fam­ily re­ceived a B-dou­ble load of hay from the Mans­field com­mu­nity, which was de­liv­ered by Craig Wed­lock last month. All pho­tos sup­plied by Sarah Maslankiewicz.

04: PARTY TIME: (From left) Me­lanie Basham, Phil and Sally Tay­lor, and Jim Basham, all from Mans­field, en­joyed the Buy a Bale High Coun­try Ball last Satur­day night.

NIGHT OF ALL NIGHTS: Mans­field’s Buy a Bale High Coun­try Ball has raised more than $110,000 so far, to help farm­ers in drought af­fected ar­eas.

WILD PARTY AN­I­MALS: Catch­ing up over a few drinks at the party were (from left) Poss Thomp­son, Chris Hawthorn, Kim Peter­son, and Chris­tian and Laura Hayes.

DANC­ING QUEEN: Brid­get Brock­lesby, from Mer­ri­jig, and So­phie Yencken, Mans­field, made a big im­pres­sion on the dance floor.

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