A heartfelt thanks from country kids

Photo courtesy of Peter Honeyman

Royal Far West sincerely thanks the members of the Liverpool Range Harness Club for raising funds over the last decade. Proceeds from their annual Sulky Drive have generously been donated to support country kids and their families.

The Club’s members’ generosity and hard work saw more than $100,000 gifted to Royal Far West’s Quirindi Branch during the 10 years of the Charity Drive, raised from entry fees, raffles, auctions, games and donations.

Royal Far West CEO Lindsay Cane AM says, “My team and I are immensely grateful to the members and friends of the Liverpool Range Harness Club for their generosity of spirit and benevolence in supporting our country kids and families over the last 10 years. This is a huge undertaking, and you have made a wonderful difference to many children.”

Liverpool Range Harness Club has made the difficult decision to call time on this annual event.

Club President Mr Peter Honeyman cited their reasons, including ongoing difficulties from the drought and the rising age of the participants.

Mr Honeyman also shared his personal connection with the charity, explaining how his daughter-in-law from Orange came to Royal Far West in Manly as a child.

Liverpool Plains Harness Club charity drive
Photo courtesy of Peter Honeyman

The final Liverpool Range Harness Club Charity Drive began in Manilla on 20 September 2019, with the sulkies doing loop drives of 28-40km for several days, vising towns including Gunnedah and Quirindi, and then travelling the 42km to Attunga Showground for the final farewell on 29 September.

In addition to members living in the Liverpool Plains Shire, over the years the Charity Drive has attracted members from far and wide, including Gunnedah, Gundagai, Goulburn, Tamworth and even from Queensland, all of whom travelled with their horses and sulkies to take part.

Affiliated with the Australian Carriage Driving Society, the members will still enjoy monthly Club Drives around the Liverpool Plains.

You can read more about the Sulky Drive here.