Wingham Beef Week Charity Steer Auction and show champion | photos

Hughesy, the steer donated by Paul and Janelle Relf for the 2019 Wingham Beef Week Charity Steer Auction, was won at auction by Wingham Beef Exports for $4750.

Proceeds from the charity auction this year go to the Mark Hughes Foundation. Footballer Danny Buderus's mother, Chris, attended the auction as a representative of the Foundation, which was formed by Mark Hughes following his diagnosis of brain cancer.

"My daughter-in-law works for the Mark Hughes Foundation and the job they do is just mighty. And the volunteers, they couldn't do it without the volunteers," Chris said.

Grant Coleman, manager of Wingham Beef Exports, was pleased with the result.

"It's a great thing, the charity steer auction. It's something that Beef Week has done now for four, five years and I think it's grown more and more in popularity," Grant said.

"I think it's good for the town, good for the community, when they see we are doing something in Beef Week for the charity side of things.

"It's tough for these people to give these steers away. It's a huge money sponsorship that Paul and Janelle put forward, other than buying the steer to go forward. We can't thank them enough for what they do for Beef Week," Grant said.

He's also very happy with how the week long event is progressing.

"This Beef Week there were more and more people turned up. There hasn't been a glitch, really," Grant said.

"Because of the size of it a few things are a little bit harder, but we've got a great committee, the school teachers are great, the kids are great, we've really had no problems at all.

"It's just a great event for the town. You get a bit more support from the local side of town and hopefully we can grow bigger and bigger and bigger," Grant said.