Droughtmaster breeder Darren Childs and his son Callan are getting behind the Stock Up for Hope Charity Drove.
Droughtmaster breeder Darren Childs and his son Callan are getting behind the Stock Up for Hope Charity Drove.

Event rounds up funds for chaplains

HOW can donating a couple hundred head of cattle, camp ovens and ear tags make an impact on the youth of the Central Highlands region?

Through Stock Up for Hope the proceeds of the Charity Drove will be donated to fund Scripture Union Queensland chaplains in schools throughout the area.

One month out from when the Stock Up for Hope Charity Drove is scheduled to set out from Bauhinia, drove director Duncan Brown said they have been overwhelmed by the community support.

A mob of up to 500 cattle along with camp ovens and ear tags have been donated to the event and Duncan said the young people in the Central Highlands would be the ones to benefit from the donations most.

“There are over 50 chaplains in Central Queensland connecting and helping so many young people confront a range of issues,” Duncan said.

“The drove will ensure that network expands and is sustained.” Proceeds from the sale of donated cattle will fund new chaplaincies in schools such as Springsure, Rolleston and Capella, as well as sustaining the current expanding network of chaplains in schools such as Emerald, Duncan said.

The charity drove starts Sunday, October 2, with the official launch at the Bauhinia Sporting Complex from 2pm.

The community can celebrate the start of the drove with a camp oven cook off between bush cooks and city-slicker chefs, with the audience getting to sample the results.

The launch will also play host to other activities including a concert by Golden Guitar winner Brendan Walmsley, a Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies forum presented by Medibank and a campdraft put on by the local campdraft committee.

The charity drove will then make its way to the Stock Up for Hope Campdraft Classic on Wednesday, October 12, starting from 4pm.

The Campdraft Classic will be held at the Springsure Campdraft Arena and will feature the nation’s top 20 open riders battling it out in a showdown and the battle of the towns with teams from eight Central Highlands towns competing.

The Campdraft Classic will also see some famous faces take part in the celebrity campdraft.

Celebrities currently confirmed include Carlton AFL player Andrew Walker, former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson and SU Qld CEO and former NRL referee Tim Mander.

The night will finish with a concert by Golden Guitar winners and independent artists of the year, Carter and Carter

The charity drove will then move to its final destination, Emerald, and the mob will be sold at a special store sale on Thursday, October 27.

A festival community event will mark the end of the drove to be held at the Capella Undercover Arena on Saturday, October 29.

“This event will showcase what the drove is all about,” Duncan said.

“A celebration of the capacity of our young people and an investment in building resilience in our greatest asset.”

To donate cattle contact Tony Harrold on 0427 820 437, Duncan Brown on 0400 55 3971 or a local Elders or Landmark branch.

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