Shearing fundraiser sees $53,000 for cancer cause
OVER the last few months, the North East
and Goublurn Valley Farmer has been keeping tabs on the Ogden family from Wanalta.
Firstly, we covered their generous donation of 10 Dorset lambs, sold at Bendigo at Easter – making $500 a head – with all monies donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Then there was their Shearing for Kids – a whole day event where 11 shearers took to the family’s eight stand shearing shed, and across a mammoth day raised an astounding $53,620 to the cause.
But most recently, and in recognition of their on-going fundraising efforts despite a tough season, Kat and Billy Ogden were invited to appear as special guests on The Footy Show.
Coinciding with The Footy Show telethon in early August, the Ogdens presented their cheque on live television – their recently shaved heads testament to their community spirit.
“It was amazing, to be invited down,” Kat said.
“But the event itself (Shearing for Kids) was mind boggling – if it wasn’t for the businesses and the local community coming together, it just would not have been possible.
“On the day we have more than 40 people helping out – someone even brought a petting zoo and a jumping castle.”
Despite the lack of rain, the cold winter and trying conditions, the Ogdens keep proving that community spirit never dies – and that there will always be someone going above and beyond for the greater good.
COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS: The Ogden family were recently on The Footy Show where they presented a cheque for more than $50,000 after shearing 600 sheep for charity. Pictured are (from left) Kat and Billy with Heath, Thomas and William in front.