Shearing industry unites in 24-hour relays for cancer

Terry Sim, February 1, 2023

Shearer Beau Marsden at work. Source – Facebook.






















A 24-HOUR shearing relay will be held in Victoria for ex-patriate New Zealand shearer and terminal cancer sufferer Peter ‘Beau’ Marsden.

The relay at the Stepnell’s woolshed at Waubra on 17-18 February will support the palliative needs of Beau and his family.

Emma said Beau and his partner Elsie Ratima have been working with the Central Shearing crew for nearly two years; however, he was recently diagnosed with lung cancer that has unfortunately spread to his liver and spine. The type and spread of his cancer is aggressive and untreatable, Emma said.

She said Beau suffered a very sudden onset of sickness, pulling up in early December last year with a sore back before being hospitalized on the 17th of January.

“He went from shearing 300 a day in the first week of December at Charlie de Fegely’s to now in a hospital bed on a morphine drip.”

The event was put together as quickly as possible to raise money to support Beau in his palliative journey, Emma said.

“The money will be managed by myself and Brett and going toward flights and accommodation for his family (to come over and spend some time with him) and funeral and repatriation expenses.”

Emma said sponsors and cash donations are being sought for the relay. Donations can be made to BSB: 083-532 ACC: 927-700-053. Please use your phone number as a reference if you would like me to provide a tax receipt. Donations for a door raffle are welcome and appreciated. Also baked goods or sandwiches for the shearing/wool handling team.

Volunteers are needed for a wood chop for the wood raffle Saturday 4 February, a working bee on Sunday 5 February, the pre-shearing crutching team on Saturday 11 February, the set up crew on Thursday 16 February, shearing and wool handling on 17-18 February, and to serve the BBQ and food, at the bar and drinks, selling raffle tickets and for the clean up crew on Sunday 19 February.

If you would like to become a sponsor or volunteer your time please reply to this email or call Emma on 0400 602 481. For more details check out Centre Shearing’s Facebook page here.

South Australian shearers raise $31,000

South Australian shearers Dylan Hancock and Shawn Barnett. Source – Facebook.

In the Laura Hancock 24-hour Shear for Cancer at Agnew’s shearing shed at Stansbury, on 20-21 January, South Australian shearers Dylan Hancock and Shawn Barnett got through 1677 sheep to raise $31,000.

The total amount raised has now exceeded $50,000. Proceeds are to be donated to the McGrath Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Australia Foundation. Further donations can be made to: Hoskin E R/Hancock L C, BSB: 015552, Account: 157552612.


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