Shear­ing fundraiser sees $53,000 for can­cer cause

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

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.

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