Party for a good cause

by Mike Isle

A great time for a good cause is the promise being made by the West Melton Young Farmers Club as it sets about organising its first-ever Shearing Shed Party.

Club chair, Bex Legat, says the party, to be held on Saturday, August 11 in Kirwee, represents a return to grassroots for the club with the social side coming to the fore.

The party will have a professional DJ, a cash bar offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plenty of refreshments and even an adult bouncy castle.

“Because alcohol is being served, the event is restricted to persons age 18 years and over, and the club had arranged a shuttle bus,” Ms Legat said. The club was restricting the number to a maximum of 300.

However, the reason for the party is not solely fun and frivolity. It has a serious side, too.

Ms Legat says all proceeds from the party will go toward the cost of special equipment for a local toddler with a rare form of gene mutation that severely restricts movement among sufferers.

“Two-year-old Kiara was not expected to be able to walk or crawl,” Ms Legat said.

“But after intensive therapy in Auckland, Kiara is starting to bear her own weight when standing and pull herself along. It’s definitely helped. But Kiara still needs treatment, and in September the family is going to Australia for further treatment. 

:She will also need special equipment to help mobility, and our party will help fund the $7,000 cost of that,” Ms Legat said.

Ticket sales for the West Melton Young Farmers’ Shearing Shed Party are expected to go on sale in mid-July. Tickets are $10 for club members and $15 for non-club members.

A cash bar will apply, and shuttle tickets are $5.00. The party is an R18 event. Further details from Bex on 027 958 9242 or Chris on 021 1700 600.