There were two very busy days at Jamie and Lou Dare’s property on Saturday August 25 and Monday August 27 with over 50 contributors and 4500 sheep crutched – and all for a very good cause, Dumbleyung/Wagin local Megan Henry!
A mammoth fundraising effort by all involved (from crutchers, pusher uppers, yard guys, draggers, shed helpers, support crew and amazing community cooks who donated food) to raise funds for Megan Henry’s treatment and support as she undertakes surgery for the rare and complex Congenital Venous Malformation of the Mediastinum, neck, throat and head.
In the face of adversity the small town pride kicks in and shines brightly and no brighter than it did on Saturday and Monday. It soon became apparent that this fundraising event was much more than that. It was about community capacity building, community spirit and recognising how wonderful small communities are in supporting the ‘extended family’ ; the non-blood brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles.
This community spirit was captured in everyone’s comments including, ‘”God I love days like today, what a wonderful community we live in!!”, “We sure are lucky. Is great to know whatever life brings, there is a community to walk the hard road with whoever needs it” and “What a day, just a fabulous bunch of people. So much food. Awesome job community.”
Many community members donated delicious food to keep the busy crews powering through the sheep from jelly cakes, sausage rolls, and sandwiches to beetroot chocolate cake – what a spread!! "It is like days gone by", said one. "Pass me the melting moments", said another with a mouth full of mini quiche.
Not only was this effort for Megan, but also for Ethan and Marshall and Clem Henry, to show them the support they have across the community.
A huge thank you to all involved including Dazza Shearing Contractors (Helen Walker), Barlow Shearing Contractors (Huia Barlow), Clem Henry Shearing Contractors (Clem Henry), Jamie and Lou Dare for organising and hosting the two fundraising events and all the wonderful skilled volunteers.
Overall, congratulations and thanks goes to all involved! Approximately $10 000 was raised. What seemed a logistical nightmare was undertaken with ease by experienced locals.
For more information or to donate to Megan Henry’s cause please visit https://au.gofundme.com/rare-congenital-venous-malformation.
Pictured below: Fundraiser days in action