Cattlemen drive herd of hope

Family affair: Megan McLoughlin, her son Sam McLoughlin, 2, Jim Willoughby and Tom Willoughby at Allendale North. Photo: Carla Wiese-Smith.

Family affair: Megan McLoughlin, her son Sam McLoughlin, 2, Jim Willoughby and Tom Willoughby at Allendale North. Photo: Carla Wiese-Smith.

A LITTLE piece of the bush is set to make a big splash in Sydney in the name of hope.

The first ever cattle drive will make an iconic journey across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in May.

The Herd of Hope is being mustered by local Megan McLoughlin to “show the great work we’ve already done in Australia on organ donation” and raise money for regional organ transplant care and services. 

“We want to send a positive message about organ donation,” she said. “Also, we want all the funds to go into regional and rural services – in a set up similar to breast care nurses for transplant recipients to provide counselling for donor families.”

An organ recipient herself, Megan drew on her personal experience and family history to inspire the event.

Stockmen on horseback will drive a mixed herd of stud heifers across the bridge, which to this day is gazetted as the Bradfield Highway Travelling Stock Route. 

And they won’t be just any stockmen; each one has been directly connected to a life-changing organ transplant.

“There is a sad statistic for 2015, where there were 74,000 deaths in total in Australia, which only resulted in 920 organ transplants. That’s less than one per cent,” Megan said.

Barossa & Light Herald is committed to the cause of raising awareness for organ donation and increasing regional services.

We will do what we can to promote the Herd of Hope, and we want you to get onboard too. 

You can raise money by sponsoring one (or some) of the cattle that will be walking across the bridge.

Proceeds will go towards establishing regional transplant care nurses and providing therapy for families and recipients post-transplant.

You can also register to join the walk and show your support for the cause. To find out more visit www.herdofhope.com.au.

A media launch auctioning off all 40 stockmen involved in the driving of the 40 head of cattle across the Harbour Bridge will be held in Sydney on Wednesday, March 22. 

  • Megan’s story, p17
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