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October 11, 2017

A pen of lambs donated to Friday's charity auction.

Organisers Allan Shields (left) and Byron 'Buzz' Schulz (right) with Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal chief executive officer Anne Randall.

A complete clearance of nearly 100 lambs was achieved at a charity sale at Shepparton Regional Saleyards on Friday.

With all proceeds going to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, a large crowd watched 98 donated lambs sell for a total price of about $17000.

Organiser Allan Shields said it ‘‘couldn’t have gone better’’.

The prices ranged from $50 to a top price of $300, with JBS Australia a prominent buyer, as well as local abattoirs also buying.

Byron ‘Buzz’ Schulz, who also helped organise the event, said the support from the community was ‘‘overwhelming’’.

‘‘We hope it becomes an annual event because the Royal Children’s Hospital touches everyone. I had a niece and nephew in hospital,’’ Mr Schulz said.

Good Friday Appeal chief executive officer Anne Randall said the money would go towards a range of things to help the hospital.

‘‘It’s a remarkable group of people that can do this for the Good Friday Appeal. It’s so generous,’’ she said.

‘‘The money will go to the hospital to support family-centred care programs, equipment and education for staff, which makes sure that our kids get the best possible care.’’

Auctioneers from Elders, Rodwells, Mulcahy Nelson, Landmark and Robson and Donaldson all volunteered their time, while Greater Shepparton City Council waived the selling fees and yard dues for the donated lambs.

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