Mustering support for rural organ transplants
The organ and tissue donation charity Herd of Hope has had its muster put back on the agenda, with Nationals Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, helping find this unique fundraiser a city venue.
Next year on Saturday 17 March, stockmen from Herd of Hope will drive 30 heifers down the promenade at Bondi Beach to raise awareness for organ transplants and organ transplant services support in the bush.
For the first time in Australian history, stockmen will be guiding their horses down Bondi Beach before the glare of International media as they show off their skills and herd 30 heifers into the hearts and minds of Australia. This groundbreaking event run will draw much-needed attention to the needs of transplant patients in the bush.
The event was under threat after difficulties securing their preferred location – the Sydney Harbour Bridge. However, Mel Pavey was able to work with Herd of Hope and Waverley Council to secure the new iconic venue, much to the delight of organisers.
“Although we couldn’t provide access to the Harbour Bridge, I was able to the liaise with Waverley Council and the relevant Department’s to make sure this brilliant country initiative could go ahead,” she said.
“Organ donation is something that is a gift to many people but is often a hard choice for families to make and Australia has surprisingly low rates of donation. Events like these maintain those important conversations. Herd of Hope will raise awareness but also vital funds to establish a counselling and support service for donor families and regional, rural and remote nurses who support recipients in the bush.”
The day will kick off with a breakfast hosted by multiple agricultural vendors before the 30 cattle – donated by Undoolya Station near Alice Springs – are driven down the promenade in front of delighted tourists and locals alike.
Some of the cattle are still available for sponsorship – why not get your local sporting, Lions or community group involved by getting behind this uniquely Australian and vital cause.
This event is run with the full support and cooperation of the RSPCA, Waverley Council and Minister Pavey. For more information please visit herdofhope.com.au or find them on Facebook.