Campdraft community supports fellow graziers up north
HEARING about the devastation of the northern Queensland floods has inspired a charity campdraft in the South Burnett.
Proston Golden Spurs Campdraft will be running a charity draft in conjunction with their normal campdraft on March 22-24.
Committee secretary Kay Radke said a lot of the members could relate to the stories they heard from the floods.
"A lot of the people in the campdrafting community know the pain of losing horses and cattle, some stories are just heartbreaking," she said.
Mrs Radke said many northern Queensland graziers had lost their entire livelihood.
"A lot of us can fully understand how mentally draining and devastating these things are," she said.
All proceeds from the Proston maiden charity draft and auction will go towards the work of charity group Sisters of the North.
Sisters of the North reported more than 500,000 horses, cattle and sheep, as well as native animals, have died as a result of the floods.
The group will give out vouchers to flood affected graziers to use in their local towns.
This will stop the flow-on economic effect of the floods by encouraging residents to support their local businesses.
"Devastated people can't afford to buy stuff, this way they are spending locally," she said.
The charity maiden draft will mix in with the regular campdraft, starting on the Friday morning.
The charity final will be held on the Saturday afternoon and roll into an auction where all proceeds will go to flood victims.
The community support for the auction has been overwhelming.
"It's been amazing," Mrs Radke said.
"The generosity of people has been staggering."
Auctioneer Chris Norris from Elite Auctions has donated $5000 worth of his time and online platform for the charity campdraft auction.
Loads of hay, a $6000 vet crush and 13 stallion service fees have been offered for the auction.
Smaller items such as halters, reins, and baskets of soap have also been donated.
"Every bit counts," Mrs Radke said.
"Anybody who want to donate items to auction, it'd be very appreciated."
For more information or to donate an auction item contact the Proston Golden Spurs Campdraft Facebook page.