With the recent rains creating favourable conditions, there was a notable spring in the steps of the 150 farmers and their partners who attended an Elders Murray Bridge Beyond Blue auction dinner on the evening of Friday, June 21 at the Rydges Pit Lane Hotel, The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend.
Elders staff and guests travelled from all over the Mallee and Hills to enjoy an outstanding meal and the odd beverage to loosen the wallets for an excellent auction that was to follow.
Emcee John "Robbo" Robinson welcomed all and introduced Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick, who gave a short brief on local happenings in the region.
Elders stud stock guru Tom Penna kicked off the auction with wit and gusto, tag-teaming with Mr Robinson to keep the enthusiastic crowd engaged.
Guests competed for the many donated items up for grabs, while Elders staff were out in numbers spotting bids and encouraging the crowd to dig deep.
Guest speaker Robran Cock, from Beyond Blue, spoke of his time battling and conquering the "black dog", giving an insight into his struggle, and reinforcing that anyone could suffer from the insidious disease at any time.
Elders was extremely grateful for the support of local and state-wide businesses who donated goods and services for the most worthy cause.
Elders also thanked all that attended for opening their wallets and making the night a huge success.
More than $16,500 was raised for Beyond Blue, exceeding the team's target of $10,000.
Elders Murray Bridge branch manager Brett Inkley, who set the challenge, commended his team for their efforts.
He singled out sales support officer Stephanie Ziersch and branch operations manager Helen Lloyd for their many hours spent coordinating the event, which resulted in a fantastic night enjoyed by all.
Special mention was also given to Carmen and her team at the Rydges and The Bend Motorsport Park for their outstanding service and hospitality.
- Get help: Lifeline 13 11 14, Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or www.beyondblue.org.au.