Tolarno Station to auction Ooshie for mental health

Tolarno Station supports the farmers that cut up Ooshie on live TV

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Victorian farmers chopped up a rare Ooshie on live TV to take a stand against online abuse they received after trying to sell the supermarket toy for irrigation water. Source: Channel 9

Victorian farmers chopped up a rare Ooshie on live TV to take a stand against online abuse they received after trying to sell the supermarket toy for irrigation water. Source: Channel 9

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Farmers tried to sell Ooshie for irrigation water but copped online abuse.

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Robert McBride of Tolarno Station, Menindee, said when Melissa Portingale rang him and starting speaking about an Ooshie he had no idea what she was talking about.

But after hearing her story Mr McBride said he was committed to doing what he could to help.

Victorian farmers, Melissa Portingale and Stephen Black recently cut up a rare Simba Ooshie toy on live TV to make a stand against the online abuse they had received after attempting to sell the Lion King toy for irrigation water.

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"If I wasn't as mentally strong, I might not have been able to cope with the messages coming through," Ms Portingale said.

"We wanted to make people realise that a life is worth more than a toy."

It was a stand that Mr McBride said he fully supported.

"They went to sell an Ooshie to get some money to pay for water to farm their land and they got death threats," Mr McBride said.

"The message Stephen and Melissa are trying to send to the people in the city is that little piece of plastic is a tip of an iceberg.

"If another a thousand people in the city are aware of what's happening in the country, the corruption killing our river system and livelihoods, that's a good thing."

Melissa Portingale created a winged love heart with the remains of the Ooshie.

Melissa Portingale created a winged love heart with the remains of the Ooshie.

After destroying the Ooshie publicly, Ms Portingale said they wanted to create something positive from the experience.

They melted the parts of the Ooshie down with acetone and remade it into a winged broken heart that can be put back together again.

They then decided to donate the re-created Ooshie to a mental health organisation like Beyond Blue, enlisting Tolarno Station and their 21,000 social media followers to help.

"I contacted Robert and he was fantastic, he said he would love to accept it and he would auction it off to the highest bidder with the proceeds donated to a mental health organisation," Ms Portingale said.

Mr McBride said a date for the auction has not yet been set but the details would be posted to their social media pages.

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Robert McBride from Tolarno Station, Menindee, will auction the broken heart created from the Ooshie and donate the proceeds to a mental health organisation.

Robert McBride from Tolarno Station, Menindee, will auction the broken heart created from the Ooshie and donate the proceeds to a mental health organisation.

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