Steinborner's shear stamina raises funds for mental health

Marathon shearer holds fundraiser for Beyond Blue


Eudunda shearer Mark Steinborner has just completed his fourth shearathon, this time raising funds for Beyond Blue.


Eudunda shearer Mark Steinborner has put his mental and physical endurance to the test, all for a good cause.

Last weekend the 52-year-old completed 24 hours on the handpiece at the Angaston Showground for his Shearing Beyond Blue fundraiser.

Commencing at 3pm on Friday he shore 170 Merino ewes through until 3pm on Saturday afternoon, with local Dylan Lowe also getting on the stand to shear another 50 ewes.

With donations, including support from the crowd on show day Mr Steinborner is closing in on his goal of $12,000 for Beyond Blue.

This would bring his tally in four 'shearathons' in the past eight years to a magical $100,000 for four charities; Make a Wish Foundation, Heart Kids, Little Heroes and Beyond Blue.

Elders Roseworthy branch manager Craig Reimann, who helped organise the fundraiser, said it was a top effort.

"Mark had a shearing friend commit suicide a while back and with the bushfire, drought and everything else happening Mark thought it (Beyond Blue) was a good cause," he said.

"There has been plenty of events for the bushfires but people's mental health is often the last thought, that can take months to get back on track."

A Shearing Beyond Blue online auction is running until the end of the month with donated lots on offer including a signed West End Redbacks team shirt, and a mini cricket bat signed by Glenn McGrath, as well as ag chemicals and shearing gear.

Check out the auction items here or to make a donation to Shearing Beyond Blue click here

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