Industry raises record-breaking $174,000 for charity

Royal Flying Doctor Service—Queensland Section and Wagyu Fellowship

The annual WagyuEdge Conference ended on a spectacular high, as $174,000 was raised at a charity auction in front of the 650 delegates from around Australia and the world. The funds raised will be split equally between the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) Queensland Division and the AWA’s Wagyu Fellowship program.

The total dollars raised was up broke last years record, proving there is no end to the generosity of farmers in giving back to their industry and communities when there’s good pick on the ground. In the auction’s six years, over $500,000 has been donated to both the RFDS and the Wagyu Fellowship, meaning help can be available when regional and rural people need it most.

The auction ballot this year truly covered the full spectrum of rural life, including sentinel donkeys from Ausgyu Wagyu, a stock whip from The Overseer Saddlery, a 390mm Japanese knife and Australian timber cutting board, a collection of 10 premium steaks from the latest Wagyu Branded Beef Competition, five straws of high-quality, herbook-registered bull semen from high-indexing sires in the AWA-PTP program and an exquisite custom artwork from renowned Australian artist Rose Hewartson.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who generously donated items for the auction, each contribution playing a significant role in our success. Equally, we wish to thank the Ray White Rural Dalby crew for running the show with style, panache and volume.

From left: Jos Middleton, Nurse Manager, RFDS Queensland Section; Justin Reeves, State Manager, RFDS Queensland Section and Dr Matt McDonagh, CEO, Australian Wagyu Association.

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