Moodi raises $6000 for breast cancer

30 May, 2015 02:00 AM
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Only 10 per cent of people check themselves properly...

THE average shearing team would be more than happy to have dozens of willing and able shed hands at the ready.

And that's exactly how the Moodi A-Team felt last Friday as they, with the help of about 100 Moodiarrup community members, peeled the wool off 500 red tag Dohne ewes.

They were fundraising for the McGrath Foundation, an invaluable organisation which raises money to put McGrath breast care nurses in communities and increases breast cancer awareness in young Australian women.

Capercup Dohne stud principal Stephen Abbott and his partner Anne Wright hosted the second annual charity shearing day at their farm last Friday which raised $6000 for the cause.

Last year's inaugural event was the brainchild of Moodi A-Team's Darryl Featherstone whose wife Kerry was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2012.

After speaking with Stephen and Anne about holding the annual event at their farm and setting the wheels in motion, Darryl and Kerry were overjoyed by the enthusiastic response they received on the day - and this year was no different.

The constant hum of combs and cutters provided the perfect backdrop for professional and novice shearers, as well as the many others who tried their hand at sweeping the board, pressing wool, dragging sheep from the catching pens, making lunch and putting the "end of day" beers on ice.

Despite the fact this year's shear was held a week later than last year (which reduced numbers slightly due to seeding), the flurry of activity was again dominated by pink shearer's singlets, hairspray and paraphernalia to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness.

"And that's what it's all about," Darryl said.

"New statistics show that there's a higher increase rate of breast cancer cases in the country compared with the city.

"Contributing factors include stress and chemical use and it's imperative that women are checking for symptoms on a regular basis - no matter their age."

He said the McGrath Foundation is instrumental in putting country-based nurses on the ground in rural areas but there still isn't enough help available for breast cancer patients living in the regions.

"From our own personal experience surgeons and oncologists say checks need to take place every 10-12 weeks," Darryl said.

"Only 10 per cent of people check themselves properly - perhaps they become a little complacent with their method.

"So that's why it's important that partners become involved - to provide a fresh set of eyes.

"Kerry is going well thanks to the amazing support from our friends, family and the community.

"There are always positives to come out of the negatives and today is certainly one of those days."

Darryl and the team also sincerely thanked Capercup Dohnes and Moodi Whites; Top Gun Shearing Supplies; Coates Hire, Collie; Spearwood Wool; Dyson Jones; Andrew Saxon Services; Probak Aussie Back Belts; Kojonup Bakery; Kojonup IGA; Annie Brook; The Slab and Burl Man; and Elders Darkan's Wayne Peake for their sponsorship and contributions.

Funds were also raised from a dressed lamb and wood raffle, and an auction carried out by Primaries wool agent Stephen Squire which saw a locally made jarrah table, a signed West Coast Eagles jumper, shearing gear, wine, vouchers and two Border Collie puppies go up for sale.

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