Char­ity shear­ing day

Shepparton News - Country News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rod­ney Woods

The Og­dens and Bar­lows have teamed up again for the fourth year of the Shear­ing for Kids with Can­cer Day at Bill and Val Bar­low’s Rush­worth prop­erty.

The event was started be­cause of a lo­cal con­nec­tion to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne.

‘‘The day started four years ago with one of our lo­cal fam­i­lies, from Nagam­bie, whose daugh­ter had a tu­mour on the side of her kid­ney the size of a can­taloupe, so we started from that,’’ or­gan­iser Ka­t­rina Og­den said.

‘‘All the money to­day is go­ing to a chil­dren’s can­cer char­ity called My Room.

‘‘It’s all about ev­ery­body get­ting to­gether to­day and do­nat­ing their time, ser­vices and prod­ucts.’’

More than 500 Merino sheep were shorn and more than 34 bales of wool had been pressed shortly be­fore the lunch break on Fri­day.

In 2017, $27 000 was raised and Mrs Og­den was hope­ful more would be raised this year.

The day also in­cluded Mrs Og­den and her hus­band Bill and three chil­dren hav­ing their heads shaved for char­ity.

Do­ing it for the kids . . . Ka­t­rina and Bill Og­den or­gan­ised the fourth Shear­ing for Kids with Can­cer Day fundraiser on Fri­day.

Happy to be in­volved . . . Bill Bar­low hosted the event at his Rush­worth prop­erty.

Pic­ture: Nick Bai­ley

Job done . . . Reg Walker, of Up­ton Hill, sheared the fi­nal sheep of the day.

In ac­tion . . . Bill Og­den shears one of more than 500 Meri­nos that were shorn on the day.

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