OF all the livestock to go to auction at Carcoar’s Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange (CTLX) on Tuesday, there was one steer which stood out.
Not because he was such a fine physical specimen, but because Orange hospital is a step closer to having a prostate cancer diagnostic machine thanks to the proceeds of his sale.
Or sales, to be more accurate, as the cow was bought twice – for $1500 and $1000 – and donated back by generous buyers before being sold a third and final time for the sum of $1000.
When added to the donations made by others at CTLX for the sales, the Canobolas Lions Club raised about $3700 towards acquiring a Trans Perineal Grid Guided Biopsy machine.
Through a variety of fundraisers and events the club has managed to bank $77,000 of the $270,000 required to bring the the life-saving screening tool to Orange.
The club’s Lyn Ward said when their fundraising total hits $100,000 they will begin applying for various grants which should expedite the process.
With prostate cancer claiming the lives of more than 3000 men in Australia each year, Mrs Ward said it can’t come soon enough.
“We’ve been working hard to get this machine because it’s so important. The disease is killing nine men a day,” Mrs Ward said.
“It will also mean people won’t have to travel to Sydney to be tested.”
This weekend the club will be running a barbecue at the Max Jones Collection auction at Clifton Grove to continue their fundraising efforts.