Geoff Payne is happy to talk until the cows comes home about raising money for the upcoming Cessnock Relay for Life.
Mr Payne – the part-owner of Quorrobolong’s Barraba Santa Gertudis stud – has donated a steer to be auctioned off to raise money for the Cancer Council event.
Raffle tickets will be sold, and half of the sale proceeds from George the steer’s auction will be donated to the Relay, and the raffle winner will receive the remaining half.
Mr Payne said he and his team The Odd Squad got involved in Relay for Life to help out those affected by the deadly disease.
"The more help we can give, the sooner we can find a cure," Mr Payne said.
"But it's not just about finding a cure – the support packs and information that the Cancer Council gives to people are pretty great.
"It's just about having a go and getting out there."
George the Steer will be auctioned off by Bowe and Lidbury at Maitland Sale Yards on October 17.
Mr Payne said the selling price of the steer will vary depending on market value on the day of the auction.
"I hope we will see the steer go for somewhere between $1200 and $1400, so the lucky raffle winner could expect to win about $600."
Raffle tickets are available for $2 each at Balloon Worx in Vincent Street, Cessnock and Ellen's Hair Affair in Wollombi Road, Bellbird.
Tickets will be sold at Cessnock Relay for Life at Baddeley Park on Saturday, October 15.
Register your team for the Relay at cessnockrelay.com.
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