Generous donation in memory of Irongate toddler
CATTLE sold at the Toowoomba saleyards have raised more than $14,000 for RACQ CareFlight in memory of a two-year-old killed at Irongate last month.
Matthew Vietheer suffered critical injuries after a brick wall collapsed on him at the family property.
He was airlifted by CareFlight to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital but died the next day.
Elders agent Darren Hartwig said Elders were more than happy to help the Vietheers, who were clients of theirs, and CareFlight.
"When we were asked to help out selling cattle and donating the commission we were only too happy to do so," he said.
Cattle were sold by the Vietheer family, Antonio family, Les Armstrong, Dean and Andrea Gollan and the Peters family and raised $14,353.90 with nine head of cattle for CareFlight.
"They sold exceptionally well and we had good buyer support," Mr Hartwig said.
Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio donated two head of cattle which raised $1525.43 each.
"I think those of us who were friends with the Vietheer family were badly impacted by the loss of young Matthew and certainly I think one of the things that did come out of it was the amazing work that was done on this occasion and daily by CareFlight," he said.
Cr Antonio said the Vietheer family wanted a way to thank CareFlight for their exceptional care and attention after the tragedy.
RACQ CareFlight's Sarah Delahunty said the organisation was very humbled by the community's gesture, organised by the Vietheer family.
"It is an amazing gesture of appreciation and it goes to show that people can support CareFlight in so many different ways," she said.
Vietheer family donated four limousin cross heifers - sold for 346.2c/kg, $1423.75 each
Antonio family donated two heifers - sold for 296.2c/kg, $1525.43 each
Les Armstrong donated one steer - sold for 326.2c/kg, $1370.04 each
Dean and Andrea Gollan donated one steer - sold for $326.2c/kg, $1402.66c/kg
TE, SJ, CE Peters donated one bull - sold for 268.2c/kg, $1823.76