Gippsland wool growers have again shown both their generosity and their care for community by donating a total of 340kg of the country’s finest wool.

The donations were made to support Air Ambulance Victoria, who do such a great job of saving lives in the far-flung parts of Victoria, especially East Gippsland.

This initiative which started eight years ago, has been part of the wool display at the Omeo Show, but in this time of COVID there was no show last year to facilitate the collection of the wool.

That turned out to be no impediment, as the show committee led by Belinda Smith and supported by local wool growers, still managed to collect and package the wool and get it to sale.

That sale, which was held earlier this month, turned out to be a record with a total of $16,056 being achieved at the sale held by Elders.

The sale was again well supported by the wool buyers in the auction room who again demonstrated their care for community by bidding well in excess of the true value of the wool.

This has taken the total donated over seven years to $86,500.

Modiano Australia, with Lou Morsch buying, bid a whopping 6000 cents per kg for the first bale.

Modiano has supported this auction every year, an effort the sale organisers said they appreciated very much.

Endeavour Wool’s Mark Fayle bid 3600 cents per kg for the second bale and this support was very much appreciated.

Strong bidding from Brendan Millar of Tech Wool who was the underbidder also assisted in making this auction as successful as it was.

“We at Elders very much appreciate the opportunity to assist in making this happen,” Elders district wool manager Mal Nicholls said.

“The paramedics who do such a great job from the helicopters have reported to me that they have just had the blood transport bags in the choppers updated to a higher level and a data system to monitor the blood installed due to our previous donation which will greatly assist with patient care. These are the type of things that our donations go towards.”