Heroes with heart

7th December 2017 6:30 AM
BIG SMILE: Cystic fibrosis sufferer Hollie Coleman with the Feedlot Charity Campdraft perpetual trophy. BIG SMILE: Cystic fibrosis sufferer Hollie Coleman with the Feedlot Charity Campdraft perpetual trophy. Contributed

A MILES district family has taken out the Feedlot Charity Campdraft challenge at the Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale at the weekend.

Fourteen teams competed in the campdraft on Friday night, each made up of three workers from the same feedlot, with the winners selecting a charity to receive the $5000 prize.

Adam Rockemer and his two sons, Jacob and Riley, work at the Condabri feedlot and decided to compete after their colleague Brodie Coleman mentioned the event. Mr Coleman's daughter Hollie has cystic fibrosis.

After hearing about the event, Mr Rockemer's wife Julie quickly arranged the nomination and the Condabri feedlot paid the nomination fee, planning to donate the prize to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

She said her husband and sons were active campdrafters but this event was particularly important for them and for Condabri feedlot owners Simon and Kylie Drury.

"This was just something close to our heart and because Simon was paying the nomination fee and we were doing it on behalf of Condabri feedlot... we just wanted to give back to Bro, because Brodie works for Condabri as well, so it was just like, we've met this little girl, Bro works for us, of course we're going to give to this.”

She said her husband Adam had enjoyed a number of highlights in his years of campdrafting, but winning this one was special.

"I remember the other night when he finished competing, he had tears in his eyes.

"He said that it was just the greatest feeling that he did it with his boys and the fact it is all going back to charity - just amazing.”

Mr Coleman's wife Megan said she was incredibly grateful for the support from the Rockemers and the Condabri feedlot.

"We're very, very grateful and appreciative for them doing it, and very moved too. It was a pretty special thing for them to do,” Mrs Coleman said.

She said her daughter had to take up to 40 tablets a day and do daily physiotherapy and nebulised treatments to help manage the symptoms of cystic fibrosis.

"She looks healthy on the outside but there's lots going on inside her little body that you can't really see,” she said.

"At the moment there's no cure for CF. The life expectancy at the moment is 37, so every treatment she's doing at the moment, none of it is correcting what's causing her CF, it's just supporting her symptoms.”

The $5000 prizemoneywill go to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland, a charity dedicated to providing specialised support for people throughout the state living with the chronic condition.