The first lot presented at last Thursday's weaner sale at Tenterfield Saleyards was a very special one, with Richard Butler from Sandy Hills donating a freezer-ready Angus-cross heifer for auction with all proceeds to Blazeaid.
The heifer weighed 230 kilograms and sold for 272 cents a kilo in what was described as a 'tough' market on the day. She was snapped up by Ben Sharpe of Ray White Rural, whose freezer needed replenishing.
Blazeaid Tenterfield camp coordinator Judy Bland said the $626 raised will go straight into BlazeAid reserves to provide assistance where it's required.
"There are no administration expenses," she said. "We're all volunteers.
Mr Butler donated the beast after BlazeAid volunteers worked on his property which sustained damage in February's fires, as a way of showing appreciation for the assistance.
Mr Butler's was one of 60 requests the camp received for help, with only a dozen or so more jobs to now be completed. Several of these can only be carried out on weekends when the property owners are available.
Mrs Bland expects the camp to start winding up at the end of this month, followed by another week of packing up. The Blazeaid trailers and container will be moved to the Inverell camp where efforts to recover from the Tingha fires continue. Mrs Bland said any perishable food remaining will also be passed on to that camp.
While the whole camp took Mothers Day off as a rare treat, all volunteers descended on Tabulam Racecourse on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday to help with fencing and to replace rainwater infrastructure lost in the fire. The facility was knocked back into shape so that it can be made available to paying campers, the only income of the racecourse trust.
Although the end is in sight Mrs Bland said volunteers are still needed, especially as more than a dozen members of the Mapleton Mens Shed who travelled down to spend two weeks helping local property owners are now about to depart.
"We need to replace them," she said.