Wool growers support breast cancer retreats

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Almost two-thirds of the entrants into the 2017 Australian Fleece Competition opted to donate the value of their fleece to The OTIS Foundation.   

Awarded today, the Australian Fleece Competition was won with a fleece entered by well-known Tasmanian Merino stud farmers, Georgina and Hamish Wallace. However, The OTIS Foundation’s General Manager, Rachel Mason, said that women with breast cancer were the real winners, “We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of the competition in 2017 with funds raised to directly enable us to provide retreat accommodation at no cost to women dealing with breast cancer and their families.”

“When these donated fleeces are auctioned next month, each $50 raised will enable us to offer a night at one of our properties to a women and her family. In real terms it is likely that the money raised through the auctions of these donated fleeces will enable us to cover the cost of two of our properties for the next 12 months – an incredible contribution.” Mrs Mason said.

The Australian Fleece Competition is part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show held in Bendigo this weekend. Fleeces donated as part of the competition will be auctioned through Landmark during August, with all funds raised to go directly to The OTIS Foundation. 

Over the past 16 years, exhibitors in the Australian Fleece Competition have donated over $125,000 to national charities.


 

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