Cancer Support Group, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ took home a share of $90,000, raised through the Shear for Life charity shearing event last month.
The event saw 70 international and national veteran shearers gather to shear 3000 sheep at the Ewing family woolshed in Hinds, on February 23.
It featured current and former world shearing champions, stars from the She Shears movie and All Black greats who were among the many shearers who took time to attend.
Organisers, and recipients, were “very grateful for the support from all sectors (of the event) to achieve this amount”.
“Thanks to everyone. We had a lot of fun and raised a lot of money,” said shearer, and instigator, Rocky Bull.
The cheque handover saw Mr Bull along with fellow Shear for Life organising committee member Sandra Curd, hand over the money to Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer national foundations Mid Canterbury representatives John Waugh and Donna Harvey (respectively) and Ashburton Cancer Support Group members Alistair Argyle, Annie Bonifant and Sharon Robinson.
Ashburton Cancer Support received $50,000, and both the national bodies $20,000 each.
Mrs Curd said more money was given to the Ashburton group because “the Mid Canterbury community supported us so strongly and we saw (the Ashburton Cancer Support Group) as providing the greatest service to the community.”