Shearing for stricken family

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YVONNE O’HARA

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Roxburgh shearers Eru Weeds and Cole Wells, along with Matt Hunt, of Waikaka, will attempt to keep shearing for 24 hours (apart from breaks) during Waitangi Day’s fundraising Shearathon.

They hope to shear more than 5000 lambs at Wohelo Station woolshed, Wilden Runs Rd, Moa Flat, from 10am on February 6 to 10am the next day.

The Shearathon is being organised by PGG Wrightson wool buyer Jared Manuhera and farm owners Nelson and Fiona Hancox, who will also supply the lambs, and the money raised will go to Tapanui family Shaun and Olivia Bradley, and their 9-month-old daughter, Charlotte.

Mr Bradley (28), who is a farm manager for Mr and Mrs Hancox, has stage-four large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is also fighting a brain tumour.

About 20 shearers, including two blade shearers, will also be giving their time for part of the 24 hours, as will several woolhandlers.

“The community is really coming together to support Shaun and his family,” Mrs Hancox said.

She is hoping they will raise at least $30,000.

Mr Bradley’s cousin, Scott Stiven, has organised a stock sale while a friend, Mike McHutchon, has organised a team of friends and local community group members, who have spent the past few weeks crutching lambs to raise money.

About 50 people are needed to help out on the weekend before the event to crutch about 6000 lambs for the Shearathon.

The West Otago Lions Club was helping with the catering and anyone who wants to give food or to help on the day can contact Mrs Hancox.

Mr Weeds was looking forward to the fundraiser as it had been something he had always wanted to do.

“The shearing industry gets right behind it, something like this. It is not hard for us compared to what he is going through.”

His son, also Eru (10), has volunteered to be his father’s pen boy for the 24 hours and told his father they needed “heaps of fizzy and lots of lollies” to keep them going.

He also wants to be a shearer like his father, if playing rugby professionally does not work out.

Teviot contractor Cole Wells took part in the Shear for Life marathon to raise money for prostate cancer research in 2015 so is familiar with the demands a marathon shearing session will have on him.

“Shaun is a good friend of my brother,” he said.

“It is a great cause and it is good to see the community getting behind it.”

Although he is busy with his contracting business, he has tried to fit in practices.

To help or give,

phone Jared Manihera 272260-263, Fiona Hancox 27217-3960, Scott Stiven 27335-2403 or Mike McHutchon on 027 350-4775, or through the Stock Drive for the Bradley family Facebook page.