Shearers rally for great cause

St Enochs fundraiser organsiers, from left, Emma Morvell, Barry Herbertson and Tamara Smith.IT was more than a fund-raising effort when shearers pulled into gear for cancer and diabetes research at the St Enochs woolshed last Saturday; a community came together.

The aim was to shear 800 sheep in eight hours to raise funds for Relay For Life and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in the new steel shed on David and Deb Bain’s Stockyard Hill property.

But when they ran out of sheep around lunch time, no-one minded. Old shearer Bob Kirkpatrick got an opportunity to say a few words, more sheep were found and it was back to work for a good cause, while face-painted children played and on-lookers reminisced.

The team of shearers, woolhandlers, pressers and penners-up organised by Central Shearing contractor Emma Morvell and husband Brett, diabetes sufferer Tamara Smith and Barry Herbertson de-fleeced 1106 sheep in seven hours from a 5.30am start.

Ms Morvell estimated that with business sponsorship, the shearing effort and the 300 people that turned up for the woolshed dinner and dance that night, about $17,000 would be raised.

Treahna Herbertson, daughter of Mr Herbertson and his wife, Fran Herbertson, who lost her life to cancer last year, said the event was ‘unbelievable” in how it had got the community together. She said words cannot describe how she and her father feel about the community effort to support them in their loss.

“She (Emma) has been a godsend to our family.”

Bob Kirkpatrick, 85, was boss of the board for the day and said it was “a marvellous thing”. He shore in the original stone and timber St Enochs shed in 1941, his son Michael followed him in 1992 and his father was a shearer there in 1900. Bob’s father George selected ground at Stockyard Hill in 1857.

“The Bain family has always been generous to the community.

“If you needed something they would help you along, even if it was only catching rabbits.”

Shearer Kevin Ryan, 65, and his son Jarrod did their bit on the board among the 70 workers and locals handling the sheep and wool on Saturday. Kevin started work as a 14-year-old at St Enochs with David Bain’s father Norm.

“If you work here, you are one of the family,” he said.

Classer and rouseabout Justine Dirago reflected the mood of the day and was still smiling at 2pm despite starting at 5.30am.

“Anything for a fundraiser – especially cancer.

“I love my job, what can I say?”

Tamara Smith, 34, who has suffered from Type 1 diabetes for 20 years, said it was fantastic to see the community and business support, and volunteer turn-out for the St Enochs day.

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