Barmah Muster pulls a crowd and a col­lec­tion

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

EV­ERY man and his horse was drawn to this year’s an­nual Barmah Muster, mak­ing it the big­gest and best muster yet.

With events in­clud­ing trail rides, team pen­ning, whip crack­ing, wood chop­ping, tent peg­ging, horse train­ing demon­stra­tions, a camp-oven tea, and yarn spin­ning on of­fer — there was plenty to keep busy.

Barmah For­est Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion trea­surer Jenny Bru­inier said the event in April this year was a huge suc­cess — not only pro­vid­ing an en­joy­able week­end for those who at­tended, but rais­ing $11,400 for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.

Ms Bru­inier said the com­mit­tee chose to do­nate $6500 to Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish Shep­par­ton vol­un­teer An­nette Mcdougall said the do­na­tion was an in­cred- ible bless­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘We are just so, so grate­ful for peo­ple like this that just off the top of the pile choose to give the pro­ceeds of their day to us, it gives me goose­bumps,’’ she said.

Ms Mcdougall said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been in Shep­par­ton for about 25 years and aimed to grant the wishes of chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

As a vol­un­teer of more than 20 years, Ms Mcdougall said she had been hon­oured to be a part of see­ing chil­dren hav­ing their wishes granted.

‘‘We’ve seen an amaz­ing ar­ray of wishes and chil­dren re­ceiv­ing things that par­ents couldn’t even have imag­ined in their wildest dreams to come true for their child,’’ Ms Mcdougall said.

She said the gen­er­ous do­na­tion was a way of help­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion to con­tinue grant­ing wishes, but it was also a way of rais­ing aware­ness that the or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­isted and played a role in many fam­i­lies’ lives.

‘‘There’s lots of awe­some things out there and I think that’s why it’s get­ting so hard to raise money, hence what a gift this is to us,’’ she said.

‘‘Be­cause ev­ery day there’s some­body try­ing to fund some­thing that’s equally as good or more im­por­tant in the big pic­ture. But this is very im­por­tant for these fam­i­lies and I just love be­ing a part of it.’’

Ms Bru­inier said she was de­lighted to hand over the cheque on be­half of the com­mit­tee know­ing it would be con­tribut­ing to chil­dren who de­served to smile.

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