Growers urged to donate wool for Ronald McDonald House Westmead

AS spring sheep shearings increase and the final countdown toward the annual wool auction raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Westmead commences, NSW Central, Western and Riverina woolgrowers have been reminded to contribute any wool possible to the great cause.

Chris Scott of Quality Wool, which coordinates the event, said wool for the auction had been filtering into the company’s stores at Parkes, Orange and Wagga Wagga, but he hoped it would increase leading toward the event.

“We have had wool come in from as far as Bourke and Gulargambone, as well as Orange, Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin, Grenfell, Wagga Wagga, Lake Cargelligo and most places in between,’’ Chris said.

“We are at similar levels to last year, but shearings pick up from now, so hopefully we can have a good run heading toward the auction. Last year we ended up selling 13,500 kilograms, so it would be good to top that.

“The feedback on our ‘Wool Drive’ for Ronald McDonald House Westmead has again been very positive and even if growers contribute just a few kilos, it will all add up. If growers around Central, Western NSW and the Riverina gave just 5 kilos, it would be a fantastic result. They can donate wool oddments or any type of wool.’’

Growers can deliver wool to Quality Wool’s Parkes, Orange and Wagga Wagga stores, or the company will visit farms to pick up wool and clean out sheds.

Wool is being collected through until October 30 and it will be auctioned in the week commencing November 30. Quality Wool will press, test and auction the wool free of charge, with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

Over the past two years, the event has raised close to $100,000.

Ronald McDonald House Westmead provides a “home away from home’’ for families with children who either require medical attention or to attend appointments at the Children’s Hospital Westmead.

Relying on community fundraising and volunteers, it supported more than 725 families last year, including more than 1800 children. However, unfortunately it also turned away over 200 families.

Growers interested in contributing to the ‘Wool Drive’ can contact Quality Wool’s Chris Scott on 0417 690 709.