Click go the shears for cancer

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READY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER… From left, WIlliam Ogden (11), Katrina Ogden, Thomas Ogden (4), Heath Ogden (7), and Bill Ogden. Photo: Steve Hutcheson.

AN ICONIC image of Australiana that portrays the sights, sounds and even the smell, is a man leaning down in a shed shearing a sheep held between his legs.

Coupled with the broad generosity and camaraderie of country people, Katrina and Bill Ogden from Wanalta are putting together a shearing spectacular and family day out on the property of local graziers, Bill and Val Barlow.

Touched by a friend whose child was in hospital with lung cancer, Katrina and Bill have been running this event for the past five years for the kids who are struggling with their battles. Last year they raised $53,600 that went towards cancer treatment.

Dozens of traders from Rushworth, Colbinabbin, and surrounding areas have put in a host of donated goods that will be auctioned or raffled off as part of the fundraising.

“Volunteers are putting their hand up to do all sorts of things.” said Katrina. “We will be putting on a roast lunch and a barbeque, there will be lots of entertainment for the kids and lots of food.”

“It’s a day out for the family to see how sheep are shorn and how quick the shearers can do it. Everyone is welcome to come.”

Shearing for Kids with Cancer is being held at the Barlow property at 3380 Bendigo Murchison Rd, Wanalta on Friday 26th July beginning at 7.30am through until stumps around 4.00pm.