Close to $50,000 is expected to be raised from the 24-hour Shear-a-thon, hosted at Wohelo Station, near Heriot, on Waitangi Day, with more than $36,000 coming from the shearing alone.
Organised by station owners Fiona and Nelson Hancox and Jared Manihera, of Heriot, the event was held to raise money for farm manager Shaun Bradley, and his family, wife Olivia and 10-month-old daughter Charlotte.
Mr Bradley has been battling stage-four large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a secondary CNS brain tumour (CNS stands for central nervous system).
Mr Manihera said the event started at 10am on Thursday morning and finished at the same time on Friday with 7276 lambs from the Hancoxes’ farms shorn.
Three shearers: Eru Weeds, of Roxburgh (1385 shorn); Cole Wells, of Roxburgh, (930) and Matt Hunt, of Waikaka, (877) shore for the full 24 hours (18 hours each plus breaks), while many other shearers from throughout the region also shore for shorter periods, including Dave Gower, of Alexandra, who did 564.
“It was amazing what they did,” Mr Manihera said.
“I want to thank everyone for their support and there were so many people who turned up and helped out.”
He, along with several other people, stayed awake through most of it.
“I slept for about 40 minutes at breakfast on Friday,” he said.
In addition to taking part in the shearing himself, Mr Manihera was also shorn, losing his hair to Mr Bradley, which raised $4000.
At the end, Mr Hancox announced the shearing alone had raised $36,380.
That did not include money raised from the haircut, crutching, and other donations.
Mr Manihera said there were eight stands in action, but as they thought they might run out of dry sheep, they closed three down for a few hours to keep enough available for the three shearers who wanted to push on for the full 24 hours.
Mr Bradley thanked the people at the end of the event and said he was grateful for their support.