Buy a Bale Ball
FUN and fundraising went hand in hand at the Buy a Bale High Country Ball, held in Mansfield on Saturday night.
More than $110,000 was raised, money that will be used to feed livestock on drought affected farms, thanks to the generosity of the 260 attendees and the support of the community.
The total figure was bolstered by strong bidding on the charity auction’s lead item, a B-double truck load of SuPerfect fertilizer.
The fertilizer was purchased by Rennie De Maria from Alliance Insurance, and Mick and Ann McCormack, Nenagh Pastoral, Mansfield for $20,000.
The SuPerfect is part of a massive donation of 10 B-double truck loads from Incitec Pivot Fertilisers in conjunction with local dealer, Benalla Bulk Fertilizers.
The charity auction had something for everyone, from bull and horse semen to a sapphire and diamond ring or a golfing holiday in Tasmania.
Organising committee member, Leanne Backwell, said the Buy a Bale High Country Ball was huge success.
“Farmers and businesses were quick to show their sup- port through ticket sales, sponsorship and donations towards the night, or items for the charity auction."
The Superfect fertilizer is one of several charity auction items which will be offered in the weeks following the ball to continue raising money for farming families doing it tough.
Benalla Bulk Fertilizers will also donate a further $10 a tonne to Buy a Bale for every tonne of SuPerfect they cart and spread for the charity auction's winning bidders.
To support the Buy a Bale High Country Ball, visit www.dpgmakeadifference.com.au.
FUN FOR THE BOYS: Among the guests were (from left) Matt Robertson, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Joel Middleton, who farms at Howes Creek, Merrijig farmer Steve Chioto, Will Henzell, also from Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Mark Long, Benalla Bulk Fertilizers, and Marshall Yencken, who farms at ’Kooyong’, Mansfield.
FLOWN IN FOR SOME FUN: Belinda De Maria (left) and Kate McDougall (right) welcome Scone district farmers, Rachel Cox and her father Guerden Cox, who run ‘GlenEyre’ at Owens Gap. The Cox family received a B-double load of hay from the Mansfield community, which was delivered by Craig Wedlock last month. All photos supplied by Sarah Maslankiewicz.
04: PARTY TIME: (From left) Melanie Basham, Phil and Sally Taylor, and Jim Basham, all from Mansfield, enjoyed the Buy a Bale High Country Ball last Saturday night.
NIGHT OF ALL NIGHTS: Mansfield’s Buy a Bale High Country Ball has raised more than $110,000 so far, to help farmers in drought affected areas.
WILD PARTY ANIMALS: Catching up over a few drinks at the party were (from left) Poss Thompson, Chris Hawthorn, Kim Peterson, and Christian and Laura Hayes.
DANCING QUEEN: Bridget Brocklesby, from Merrijig, and Sophie Yencken, Mansfield, made a big impression on the dance floor.