Cattlemen beef up appeal bid
AS hastily-organised cricket matches and collaborative telethons raise much needed money for victims of the Boxing Day tsunami, the Clarence Valley has also responded with innovative ways of helping the relief effort.
Yesterday, vendors at the Grafton Livestock Selling Centre offered help by donating the proceeds from the sales of cattle to charities working in Asia.
Agent Ray Donovan said the Faheys, of Nettle Creek at Copmanhurst, donated the proceeds from the sale of two brahman calves, offering $816 to World Vision.
Ken Woodward, of Clarenza, chimed in with a $504 donation to the Red Cross relief effort from the sale of a light vealer.
Mr Woodward said favourable economic conditions in the beef industry during the past 12 months had allowed him to make the donation.
"I just thought that we were having a pretty good run in the industry here, prices have been pretty good and it was the thing to do, if you can afford to, to help the people who are not having a good run," he said.
The Braunstone Social and Tennis Club is organising a hoi afternoon, at 1pm on January 20. Proceeds from admission, a cake and tea stall and a raffle will go towards the appeal.
For information or donations contact Marion Heldt on 6649 3254.