Shearing for Liz fundraiser musters more than $160,000 for breast cancer research
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Within the Wheatbelt Shire of Wyalkatchem, 200 kilometres east of Perth, you will not should seek for lengthy to search out some very beneficiant locals.
- Shearing for Liz Pink Day raised a document $165,000 for breast most cancers analysis
- The fundraiser was began by sheep shearers in 2014 after the demise of a beloved buddy
- The occasion has raised greater than $400,000 in eight years
The agricultural city is dwelling to Shearing for Liz, an annual fundraising occasion which this yr raised a document $160,000 for breast most cancers analysis.
The thought behind the occasion is for a number of native sheep shearers to work a full shift, get pleasure from a chilly beer and donate their day’s wages.
Longtime shearer Tom Reed and his spouse Lucy have been pricey associates with the late Liz Roberts, who died in 2014 after an eight-year battle with breast most cancers.
They arrange the occasion in her honour, and Mr Reed says he by no means anticipated it to develop so rapidly.
“First one we did in 2014, I believe we raised about $2,500 in Liz’s reminiscence,” he stated.
“It rapidly progressed from a shear within the shed to a celebration within the shed.”
Eight years later they’ve raised nearly $500,000.
Wyalkatchem Shire president Quentin Davies performs host to the occasion, which now features a charity public sale, shearing demonstrations and reside music.
He believes its impacts transcend elevating cash.
“Individuals in regional WA … battle with the medical aspect of issues. We have discovered over time individuals use [the pink day] as an opportunity to open up and have a little bit of chat,” he stated.
“That is far-reaching — we have now assist from loads of neighbouring cities and loads of neighbouring companies.”
“Help has simply grown and grown over the past couple of years and I am unable to see it stopping.”
Largest-ever neighborhood donation
The Breast Most cancers Analysis Centre of WA is a not-for-profit organisation which conducts scientific trials into the illness and supplies remedy to sufferers.
Interim chief government Fiona Cocks says this yr’s Shearing for Liz fundraiser has damaged new floor for the organisation.
“The donation from the Shearing for Liz workforce this yr is the biggest community-based fundraising effort — metropolis or regional — that we have been the beneficiary of,” she stated.
“We rely very closely on donors and the neighborhood to do fundraising occasions for us … it will go in the direction of the salaries of researchers, breast care nurses, psychologists and academic sources.”
This yr Mr Davies launched a brand new means for companies to donate — by auctioning off prized rams.
Mr Reed says the transfer took this yr’s fundraiser to new heights.
“Quentin’s initiative this yr was to get Elders and Nutrien Livestock on board which they’ve wholeheartedly … they donate rams to be auctioned off and the proceeds went to our trigger,” he stated.
Mr Reed says none of this is able to have occurred with out the lack of Liz.
“I hope she’d be grateful for. She impressed us to do it; she was simply an unimaginable particular person,” he stated.
“We have had Shearing for Liz out right here for eight years in a single little neighborhood … to have the pink banners up and have it on the forefront of individuals’s minds about early detection – funding these locations is paramount.”