SALE DONATION: Sunshine Coast Leukaemia Foundation secretary Dawn Hebblewhite, farmers Peter and Joy Jenkinson and Dan Sullivan at the Gympie Saleyards with the donated beast.
SALE DONATION: Sunshine Coast Leukaemia Foundation secretary Dawn Hebblewhite, farmers Peter and Joy Jenkinson and Dan Sullivan at the Gympie Saleyards with the donated beast. Craig Warhurst

Stay Away Joe gets a good price

BOOUBYJAN cattle producers Peter and Joy Jenkinson were not just selling their steers for money yesterday at the Gympie sale.

The Roserae Brahman Stud owners had a special thank you to say to the Leukemia Foundation, and they did it with a brahman-mix bullock called Stay Away Joe.

Mr Jenkinson was re-diagnosed with non-hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009.

For six months his family had to stay in Brisbane until he was well enough to come home.

To help ease the anguish, the Jenkinson family was able to live at one of the Leukaemia Foundation villages.

"All we had to do was bring food and clothes," Mrs Jenkinson said.

"This is our way of saying thank you."

Mr Jenkinson travels regularly from the family property to Brisbane for treatment.

"We're only giving back a very small portion of what they gave us," he said.

Sunshine Coast Leukaemia Foundation secretary Dawn Hebblewhite said every dollar counted.

The organisation receives no government funding at all.

"It saves us fundraising," she said. "It's fantastic, he's a gorgeous bull." Stay Away Joe made $2.40 a kilo or around $1356.

The money will go towards support services and leukemia accommodation.

The Jenkinsons were also selling a pen of steers to save some feed for the winter months ahead.

They were just two of many sellers at the saleyard, with Dan Sullivan auctioning around 1700 head of cattle.

A store sale will also be held this Thursday, with another 800 cattle to be sold from 9am.