Ogdens shearing for cancer research

North East & Goulburn-Murray Farmer
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AT IT AGAIN: The Ogden family are at it again – this time running Shearing for Kids, a cancer fundraiser. Pictured is the Ogden family (from left) with Kat, William (8), Heath (6), Dad Billy and little Thomas (3).

EVERY Easter, the Ogden family donate their 10 best lambs to the Royal Children’s Hospital – regardless of how tough the season is.

The fundraiser came about when, in 2013, Billy and Kat Ogden watched their newborn son Heath battle pneumonia – he was rushed to Melbourne for treatment.

Though Heath recovered, the experience started a tradition.

“We might have a bad day out here on the land, but you go down to Melbourne (to the Royal Children’s Hospital) and see what others are dealing with,” fifth generation farmer Billy said.

“They have real problems – bigger than anything on the farm, because it’s their little tackers in there.”

This year, their pen of 10 Dorset lambs made $500 each – up $200 on previous years, and up $300 on other ewes sold the same day.

Now, the Ogden family are at it again.

On August 3, the Ogdens ran Shearing for Kids – a fundraiser for cancer research.

Throwing open their Wanalta shearing shed, the day was about doing something for the greater good.

Like so many others, the Ogdens are battling against tough odds – the dry season has left them with little feed or water.

But they are also big believers in the greater good – and each year they find ways to go above and beyond; helping people they will never meet, because there is always someone who needs a helping hand.

More farming news and stories can be read in the August, 2018 print edition of North East & Goulburn-Murray Farmer or click here to access digital editions.