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Campdraft ensures community the winner

YANAKIE Campdraft is a small non-profit organisation with a big heart. The campdraft is run on an annual basis and all funds raised are donated to local organisations and health services.

Last week members of the campdraft executive handed over a cheque for $2500 to the Youth Assist Clinic, which this week celebrates its first anniversary. This clinic for the health needs of local young people between 10 and 25 years of age is run out of the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre (enter through the side door) every Monday afternoon from 1.30pm. It re-started this week after a break over the school holidays and generally runs to school terms.

Samantha Park, the manager of community health at South Gippsland Hospital and one of the people behind the establishment of the clinic, was delighted to accept the cheque from Yanakie Campdraft treasurer Kevin Thorburn and secretary Stella Bowman and said how very much the clinic appreciated the generosity of the campdraft committee.

The 2013 Yanakie Campdraft is coming up soon, with as much as $6000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. It will be held at the Yanakie recreation reserve on the weekend of February 15-17, starting at 3pm on Friday with the Maiden section. There will be a 7am start on the Saturday to finish off the Maiden, followed by the Novice and the Restricted Open in which you can expect to see the top riders and horses. Events on Sunday from 7am include the Novice, the final of the Feature Novice, Kids, Open and Ladies. The two-round Feature Novice on Saturday and Sunday includes finals.

The Yanakie Hall Committee will provide full catering all weekend, including evening meals and bar facilities.

“Campdrafting is very much a family sport, with riders ranging in age from 8 years old to 70 years,” said Yanakie Campdraft secretary Stella Bowman. She is looking forward to welcoming 775 entrants to this year’s campdraft. Drafters are coming from all over Victoria and NSW to compete, and the rec reserve will be packed with riders, horses, trucks and floats.

The Yanakie draft, like so many others, cannot run without cattle donors, stock carriers, first aid and sponsors. Just as important are the people who set up, prepare the ground and help out over the weekend. “It’s a huge task and without the help of all these people the draft would not run,” said Stella.

“Yanakie Campdraft is a small group running a big draft and it is a constant struggle to find sponsorship. The assistance of anyone wishing to sponsor, donate time, money or prizes is greatly appreciated. Remember – all funds raised are put back into our local community.”

Please contact Stella or Lachie Bowman on 5682 1609 if you can assist the campdraft in any way.

If you are free on the weekend of February 15-17 you might like to come out to the Yanakie grounds in Promontory Road and enjoy some top class horsemanship and drafting.


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