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Luther Cora, Duncan Brown, Tim Mander and Ross Grierson were at the Emerald Saleyards as the cattle from the Stock Up for Hope charity drove were sold.
Luther Cora, Duncan Brown, Tim Mander and Ross Grierson were at the Emerald Saleyards as the cattle from the Stock Up for Hope charity drove were sold.

A LITTLE dusty, a little dirty and perhaps a little worse for wear. But nonetheless happy.

The drovers for the Stock Up for Hope charity drove have successfully made it to Emerald with more cattle than they first started with.

"We made it, it feels good," drove director Duncan Brown said.

"The way Central Queensland people got behind it and the engagement by locals surpassed expectations."

Throughout the drove, and especially within the last week, the drove grew in size from 399 head of cattle to 440 present for sale.

The sale of the cattle attracted buyers from across the state and Duncan said they were expecting to achieve more than their original target of $300,000.

"It's a great target and we're pretty encouraged by that," Duncan said.

"It all goes a long way to sustaining and building chaplaincy in Central Queensland.

"For Central Queenslanders to donate cattle after a pretty hard year is a testimony to their characters."

Tomorrow all ages are invited to celebrate the success of the charity drove in Capella at the Capella Undercover Arena from 3pm until 9pm.

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