CANCER is not a pretty word and neither is the treatment.
Late last year, 35-year-old Karen Pollock was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer and, after treatment, it’s now in remission. However, this well known woman from “Mariona”, near Caragabal, has a vendetta against cancer and wants to raise funds for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
“Due to this inconvenient diagnosis of aggressive triple negative breast cancer and the subsequent treatment I needed to take back control of my life, I decided to raise money in a constructive way and, let's face it, every farmer has machinery to sell,” Mrs Pollock said.
“Our village is a very social place with the Caragabal Golf Club hosting the clearing sale from midday on August 26 and entries are invited from anywhere and anyone who has items they want to clear out of their shed or yards.
“As well as the opportunity to make a few dollars, a clearing sale always is a great social occasion, too,” she said.
“Now we’ve had some rain, and more forecast this week, there are a few more smiles and looser pockets to spend a bit.”
Three agent auctioneers are donating the commission from sales and their fees to raise the funds for the research. C J Anderson and Aston and Joyce from Grenfell, and Forbes Livestock have donated their services for the clearing sale. In addition, Baker Grain Services, Johnson Agriculture and Grenfell Shoes are sponsoring the day. The Caragabal Golf Club is providing a canteen and bar all day plus an evening meal will be available for those who wish to continue into the night. “As well as the usual machinery items listed including tractors, headers, fuel trailers, slashers, a windrower, scarifiers and ploughs, there are a couple of more unusual items, too,” Mrs Pollock said. “When we bought another property we inherited an eight-metre fibreglass hull sailing boat so that’s up for offer as is the golf club’s snooker table, which would be perfect in someone’s man-cave shed.”
Mrs Pollock and husband Mitch farm 2750 hectares with wheat, barley, canola, field peas and faba beans in the ground. “The market for legumes is really promising at the moment so their value is even more important in both the financial and crop-rotation systems.”
“This is real farming country and the actual value of the machinery on all these properties is significant. Being able to buy a good second-hand item of machinery can be the perfect bargain and I think most people love clearing sales, not just because of what’s on offer but the friendly competition between bidders,” Mrs Pollock said.
Potential punters can check out what already has been registered at 32auctions.com/clearingsale and bids can be placed before August 26.
“With many more entries for sale items expected, more rain, the sociable nature of this area and the generous support from everyone involved, I predict about 450 people will attend the clearing sale.
“However, I’ve been told I’m dreaming as there’ll probably be up to 1000 people here,” Mrs Pollock said.