Lock’s wool raising for RFDS

Throughout the year, Lock farmers have been putting aside wool to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Farmers have been asked to donate wool which has been collected and baled at the annual Pressing Night on July 1.

This night saw the community come together for a barbecue and fun night to press the donated wool.

Wool brokers, Quality Wool, have generously waived all selling costs so that the maximum return can be donated to the RFDS.

Lock HAC chairman Jamie Siviour said the support for the RFDS has again been fantastic.

“We only asked for a fleece or some oddments so as not to place too much of a financial burden on anyone but most gave more,” Mr Siviour said.

“We have baled two bales with all proceeds to go directly to the RFDS”.

Mr Siviour said RFDS is a vital part of rural and outback South Australia.

“Out here we rely on services like the RFDS, our local Health Centre and Country Hospitals,” he said.

“We as country people will do everything we can to keep them going, losing them is not an option.

“Once again the Lock community have dug deep and on behalf of the Lock HAC I would like to sincerely thank them for their support.”

This year, Navigator College year nine student and Lock local Dusty Wheare,has helped coordinate the RFDS wool fundraiser for the Lock Health Centre Advisory Committee.

As part of his studies, Dusty had to work with a local committee to support his community so he approached the Advisory Committee to volunteer his time.

The RFDS Fundraiser was a perfect project for him being a son of a farming family with a strong interest in sheep.

Dusty’s role was to advertise and promote the fundraiser, coordinate the collection of the wool and organise the Pressing Night.

Once the wool has been sold Dusty will present the cheque to the RFDS at the Adelaide Operations Centre where he will be given personal tour of the facility in recognition of the hard work he has put into the Fundraiser.

“I wanted to do something for my community. The Health Centre Advisory Committee does a lot for us and it was great to help them with the RFDS fundraiser as it supports such a vital cause” Dusty said.

Mr Siviour said Dusty had to be congratulated on the great job he did.

“His organisational skills are exceptional and for a young lad to take this on is truly commendable,” he said. 

“Dusty has asked the committee if he could volunteer his services again next year to coordinate the fundraiser which shows a great sense of community spirit.”

The two bales of wool will go to auction with the proceeds, together with other monetary donations from people who did not have wool to donate, then being presented to the RFDS.

The Lock HAC plans to continue this fundraising initiative for the RFDS and encourages other communities to do likewise.