Beachgoers at Bondi last Saturday March 17th shared the sand with a different kind of tourist — about 40 cattle, brought to the city to raise awareness about the health challenges facing people living in regional areas.
When it comes to organ failure and transplantation, regional Australians are seriously disadvantaged.
Organ transplants must happen quickly, and many people on the waiting list in regional areas simply can’t get to city hospitals fast enough.
Last year, there were less than 500 organ donors nationally. Their organs helped save the lives of around around 1400 patients, but a further 1500 people were left on the waiting list.
About a third of those waiting for organs live in regional areas and relocating to larger cities for transplantation and recovery comes at significant expense.
The “Herd of Hope” at Bondi brought recipients, donors, and their families together for a morning of unique cattle-mustering and awareness-raising.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) proudly supported the Herd of Hope (HoH) event, sponsoring three of the 40 animals mustered on the sand.
HoH is working with the Organ and Tissue authority to improve the support services available to donor families. Money raised will assist in establishing specialised grief camps for children affected through organ donation.
The shearing is a mainstay of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, and this year will be no different. Shearing is something that all Australians have heard of, but many know little about, if that sounds like you, then you’re in luck.
This year there is a fresh flock of sheep ready to be sheared for your viewing pleasure and you can rest assured the shearers will be eager to showcase their sensational skills at this years Sydney Royal Easter Show.
As well as shearing the sheep, you can hear tails of life on the land and listen as the shearers explain the inner workings of the shearing shed.
If you’re game, you’ll even be invited in to take the reigns, or clippers, and help one of the experts shear a sheep.
You can catch the shearing at the The Daily Telegraph Paddock from Friday the 23rd through to Wednesday the 28th of March. Or from the 29th of March till the 3rd of April at the Sheep and Wool Pavilion.
Equestrian Competitions are a hallmark of the Royal Sydney Easter Show, and you can rest assured equestrian has something for the whole family.
Whether your interest is watching riders perform gymnastics routines on top of a horse in the vaulting, or you would rather spend time browsing some more exotic horses in the breeding contests, you can rest assured equestrian has something for everyone.
The Vaulting is on at the Schmidt Arena on the 30th of March. You can catch a breeding events any day of the show. Some of the other equestrian events are show jumping, hacks, leading reign and many more with locations and times for the events being available in the Royal Sydney Easter Show program or on the website.
Be sure to watch an equestrian event at this years Sydney Royal Easter Show, you’ll be glad that you did!