The Hazelton Family Lamb Drive held at the Cowra Saleyards last Wednesday proved a massive success, with at least $50,000 raised for local girl Mackenzie Hazelton.
More proceeds were due to come in at the time of writing on Monday, so that grand total will likely grow.
The lamb drive was a special lamb auction hosted by the Cowra Associated Agents and driven heavily by local livestock selling agency Allan Gray and Co., to raise funds to help out the Hazelton family, who have had to relocate to Ronald McDonald House in Sydney to be with Mackenzie.
Mackenzie, 8 years old and from Koorawatha, was diagnosed with T Cell Lympho-blastic Lymphoma at five years of age. After enduring 10 months of invigorating treatment at only 6 years old, Mackenzie was able to return home and resume school in Cowra.
Sadly, in May this year, Mackenzie and her family received the devastating news that her cancer had relapsed and spread to her brain.
It was after learning this that the Cowra Associated Agents decided to become involved and do what they could to help the family.
It created the idea of selling real lambs, donated by local farmers, as well as selling “virtual lambs” for $200 per head, paid for by local businesses as a charita-ble donation to the cause.
Businesses were able to purchase as many virtual lambs as they desired. The idea culminated in the sale last Wednesday, with all proceeds going to the Hazelton family. All lambs that were donated by farmers were fed and watered at the sale yards until the start of the sale.
Each lamb that was sold on the day had its ears spray painted in pink to help “light up” the sale.
The Cowra Phoenix would like to extend its heartfelt thoughts to the Hazelton family and wishes Mackenzie the best of health.
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