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Jumping in to help

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February 01, 2018

Wooden pink ribbons donated by the Mens Shed to Cobram-Barooga Equestrian Club.

Roger Young of Mens Shed alongside Debra Kruz.

The Cobram-Barooga Equestrian Club has joined forces with the Men’s Shed to rally behind the fight against one of Australia’s biggest killers of women — breast cancer.

Every year the club puts on a two-day competition for riders. This year it falls on the weekend of April 7 and 8 at Barooga Recreation Reserve.

The competition involves dressage and show jumping, and there are usually about 100 horse and rider combinations on display for keen equestrian fans who want to watch some quality action.

Last year the equestrian club decided to make the weekend a breast cancer awareness fundraiser, with former president Debra Kruz suffering from the disease.

The idea proved to be a great success and raised $1000 during the course of the weekend, with many riders adding the colour pink to their uniforms in a show of support.

Mrs Kruz said the Men’s Shed was the obvious choice to help provide wooden breast cancer ribbons, which will be added to the show jumping course design.

‘‘We approached them as we thought they would be the perfect choice to do this for us, and they took it on as a challenge and of course were happy to support breast cancer research,’’ Mrs Kruz said.

Roger Young from the Men’s Shed was responsible for carving out the wood, while other members of the shed helped with the painting in a team effort.

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