Gowrie bull goes to cause close to heart
THE sale of a prized bull has raised funds for a much-needed health service in the bush.
The Gowrie Simbrah and Simmental annual bull sale held on September 28 donated the bull to the Heart of Australia program.
The heart bus, as it is called, travels 8000km each month, servicing 12 regional communities, including Charleville.
Since the heart bus launched in October 2014, there have been almost 3000 people through its doors.
Gowrie’s Kaye Minnett said the cause was close to her own heart.
“My father was one of the first patients to use the bus when it began three and half years ago,” she said.
“I myself use it quite regularly and I just think it is an amazing service and we are blessed to have it in the bush.”
The Heart of Australia program is 100% non-government funded and relies on donations to keep the service on the road.
“Dr Rolf Gomes originally sold his house to start up the heart bus,” Mrs Minnett said.
“They really have a heart for the people out here and we wanted to help them in some way.”
The bull, affectionately named Brave Heart, was sold for $7500 on the day to the Allen family, from Blackall. The heart bus has now expanded to provide a whole range of health services and there are plans for a second bus.