WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Clinton Smith with raffle organiser, Lauren Olm and Clinton Duckett from Gleeson Quality Meats in Chinchilla.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Clinton Smith with raffle organiser, Lauren Olm and Clinton Duckett from Gleeson Quality Meats in Chinchilla. Kate McCormack

Local businesses dig deep for Northwest farmers

GOLDEN hearts were clearly in abundance at the Proston Golden Spurs charity campdraft late last month.

The mammoth fundraising effort has managed to help raise nearly $50,000 for Sisters of the North, a charity helping flood ravaged Queensland farmers get back on their feet.

March 22-24 saw the little town of Proston come alive for their annual Golden Spurs Campdraft alongside a major charity auction with all proceeds from the weekend going to Sisters of the North.

Over 50 per cent of campdrafts are expected to be cancelled this year due to the ongoing drought and a lack of cattle.

The Proston committee were forced to cancel their maiden draft events in order to keep the charity draft running.

Over 400 competitors flocked to Proston for the charity draft with an emotional opening ceremony paying tribute to those affected by February's floods.

The cattle transport was fully donated by Dekin Transport, saving the committee thousands of dollars whit the total funds raised the result of some impressive efforts from many members of the campdrafting community.

Chinchilla's Lauren Olm played a major role in the fundraising efforts, organising a number of the auction items as well as a local community raffle valued at over $3000.

The team from Gleeson Quality Meats ended up taking home the wheelbarrow full of prizes from almost 30 Chinchilla stores and businesses.

Lexi Fitzgerald from Mundubbera took out the charity maiden draft which managed to raise $7620 while the Proston Social Committee ran the canteen over the weekend which raised $1018.

The main money maker was the online bidding platform run by Elite Livestock Auctions which managed to raise over $34,600.

The entire weekend managed to raise a total of $46,716.30, a generous donation that's managed to put Sisters of the North over the half a million dollar mark.

"The campdrafting community are always the first to get behind people who are struggling, this event was all about us giving back to the campdrafting community up north who have lost so much over the last few months,” Mrs Olm said.

"None of this would have been possible without the generosity of all the donors and the Proston campdraft committee,” she said.

Sisters of the North co-founder Mrs Susan Dowling said all the money raised is going towards their LiveVouchers system, a 100 per cent traceable system designed to put funds directly back into the affected local economies.

"That was an important factor for us, we wanted to locally distribute and keep the funds within the six flood-affected shire,” Mrs Dowling said.

The Cloncurry woman said she was in awe of the efforts of the Proston campdraft committee.

"The Proston campdraft coming on board was all their idea and their doing and they have helped us get over the half a million dollar mark which is an incredible effort on their part and a huge help to our endeavours.”

This weekend Sisters of the North are holding a campdraft and community weekender in Cloncurry to help raise money for the operating costs of the charity.

For more information about the event, head to the Sisters of the North Facebook event here.

Chinchilla businesses who contributed to the local raffle:

Jack and Jill's Hair Studio Chinchilla

Sports First Chinchilla

Morticia's Madness Tattoo Studio

Chris Welding & Steel 

Chinchilla Tyre and Battery

Chinchilla Family Chiropractic

Chinchilla Newsagency

Acton Health Pharmacy

Chinchilla GO Vita

Gleeson Quality Meats

Mensland Chinchilla

Petunia's Fashions Chinchilla

Chinchilla Florist

Purple Cow Butchery

Fuzzy's Bakery Chinchilla

Best Employment Chinchilla

Salty's Chinchilla

Tuxedo's Hair Studio Chinchilla

Amelia's Place

Vanderfields Chinchilla

Chinchilla Showcase Jewellers

Wood Ag

Scouller Saddlery

Chinchilla Pharmacy

Keating Bros Retail Store


Emberdune Natural Therapies

Keppel Accounting

Chinchilla Club Hotel