Quality Wool

Popular Quality Wool ‘Wool Drive’ on again

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The popular Quality Wool ‘Wool Drive’ is on again this year to raise much needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Westmead during the 2016 season and the company is calling on all woolgrowers to contribute to this great cause.

The charity wool auction has raised more than $150,000 for Ronald McDonald House Westmead over the past three years.

Ronald McDonald House Westmead provides a “home away from home’’ for families with seriously ill children who require medical attention and attend appointments at The Children’s Hospital Westmead. It relies heavily on community fundraising and volunteers to help keep it operating.

Quality Wool is encouraging all growers to donate wool oddments or any type of wool towards the ‘Wool Drive’. The company has committed to press, test and auction the wool free of charge, with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

Growers can deliver wool to the company’s Condobolin, Parkes, Orange and Wagga Wagga stores, or Quality Wool can visit farms to pick up wool and clean out sheds.

Quality Wool is collecting wool through until December 16, 2016, with the auction set to be held in February 2017, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

Shear goodwill

By Melissa Blewitt

Shearing Services Condobolin and Quality Wool Condobolin have joined forces to create a project that will benefit local children.

The businesses are asking farmers and the community to donate wool that might otherwise be cast aside. All profits made from the sale of the wool will be returned to Condobolin schools.

“If anyone has a sheep in their backyard that usually they would get rid of the wool without a second thought or any farmers have leftover wool, I urge you to donate the wool so the kids of Condobolin can benefit,” Shearing Services Condobolin Principal Leigh White said.

“I will get one of my shearers to shear the sheep, and then Craig Davis (Quality Wool) will pick it up, so he can sell it, and the proceeds can be given back to the community.

“We have already had six generous donations and that has meant $158.76 could be given the Condobolin Public School.

“Condobolin Public School gets the short straw when it comes to funding, so every bit we can donate will help provide items that will benefit the kids.”

Quality Wool Condobolin Manager Craig Davis believes that this collaborative initiative between business and farmers can only advantage the community.

“Any wool broker can buy wool. What sets me apart is the fact all my five children have attended each school within Condobolin,” he said.

“My ability to give back on a personal level as well as a business level is unique.

“It gives me great pleasure seeing our children of Condobolin benefit in some way through the generosity of local business and the farming sector.

“I’ll do everything I can to help out.”

Condobolin Public School Principal Deborah Nay said she was “delighted” to receive the donation.

“We are so grateful to Shearing Services Condobolin and Quality Wool Condobolin for their generosity,” she said.

“While we haven’t decided what the funds will be used for as yet, I will talk with the Student Representative Council and then we will see where the funds could be best spent.”

If you want to be part of the project, contact Leigh White on 0421 179 708 or Craig Davis on 0418 611 165.

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