Gowrie bull goes to cause close to heart

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

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.

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