Selling action at the Singleton saleyards, now under new management, turned to fundraising for a local family devastated by last week's house fire where three children lost their lives.
The children's mother Kara Atkins and sibling eight-year-old Bayley survived the fire after being rescued by neighbours. Their home in Brittliffe Close was destroyed . Both were taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. Bayley has since been released while Kara is still undergoing treatment for burns.
Singleton agents Roger Fuller Pty Ltd, Thomas Livestock, Bailey Livestock and Dillon and sons joined forces at assist the family deciding a hold a charity steer auction at the selling centre on Wednesday morning.
A steer bred by Peter Vickers, was donated by the four selling agents and sold for $7100 to local meat processor E.C.Throsby Pty Ltd.
Regional Livestock Exchanges (RLX) who took over the lease of the yards from Singleton Council on July 1 donated an additional $5000 to the charity steer auction and waived all fees associated with the sale.
In total $12,100 was raised for the Atkins and Rinkin families.
E.C. Throsby, buyer Mitch Russell said his company was keen to support the fundraiser as members of the house victims family work at the Whittingham meatworks.
"We want to help where we can at this difficult time, " he said.