Not a bad evening's work
THIS week the curtain fell on a unique but amazingly successful fundraiser in the Allora Cattle Drive Auction.
Tuesday was the climax of many weeks appealing to the community for donations to support the cattle drive, and the community responded magnificently, with cattle, cash donations and donations of other goods.
Cattle dropped off by donors at the Allora Showgrounds on Sunday and Monday were trucked early on Tuesday to the Warwick saleyards to be auctioned by Mick Nowlan, of Nowlan Stock and Station Agents.
The Wilson livestock 1984 blue International S Line truck that has enjoyed unexpected fame during the past month and has perhaps become the face of the auction, was one of three trucks transporting cattle to Warwick, still sporting the cattle auction advertising as it made its way along the New England Highway.
The 40 cattle auctioned reached a total of $26,462.34, averaging $661.55 per beast.
Top price in the auction was $1016.
The auction was everything that success should be, and the grin on organiser Garry Wilson's face was priceless, as well as that on his parents, Cathie and Bruce Wilson, who suggested the notion of a fundraising cattle drive.
Allora Medical Support Group chairman Jon Constable is ecstatic with the success of the auction.
"It is a great result for Garry and his volunteer supporters who put so much into the event in support of the AMSG and our future medical centre" he said.
"The cattle auction raised $26,462.34, the sponsor auction provided another $9552.50 and an amazing $34,470 in cash donations has the auction fundraiser contributing $70,484.48 to date, with some more to come.
"The community has supported the cattle drive in tremendous fashion and, in due course, they will be supported by a medical centre that belongs to them," the beaming chairman said.
Those who donated cattle or a minimum of $500 cash will be eligible to win some great prizes which will be drawn at the Blue Cow Hotel tomorrow from 7.15pm.
Blue Cow Hotel owner Denise Dalgliesh has been a sterling supporter of the Allora Medical Support Group, the hotel's well supported Friday night raffles aiding the cause.
There will be three draws tomorrow night - $500 worth of fuel, $300 vehicle service and $250 stock feed voucher for some lucky donors.
Great stuff Allora - yet another show of community support.
EMOTIONS ran high on Friday evening at the Allora Sports club, when more than 180 community members witnessed and applauded long and loud as Allora Show Society president Shirley Cornhill and Allora Sports Club president Kev Harrison presented cheques to Allora Medical Support Group chairman Jon Constable in support of the AMSG bid to have a new community medical centre built in Herbert St, Allora.
Ted Cowley, chief organiser of the Allora New Year's Eve Mega Party, was also on hand, recognising the efforts of all who contributed to the mega party.
Mr Constable was lavish in his praise of the show society and sports club, as well as the many people who were behind the medical centre proposal, to drive it, and who will keep driving it towards reality.
The Allora Show Society cheque totalled $11,258.41 while Allora Sports Club donated $3000.
The sponsors' auction consisted of a tremendous array of donations from the community, other than cattle or cash donations. All went under the hammer of auctioneer Barrie Geitz raising a mammoth $9552.50.
It was a night that will be long remembered for Allora's community spirit.