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Cancer fundraiser close to the heart for Heidi Morris

EMERGING Moree photographer Heidi Morris, a true outback girl with wanderlust in her eyes, has captured some truly amazing images of rural Australia during her brief career, especially when working on cattle stations in western Queensland in 2014 and 2015.

She also captured the hearts of judges of ABC Open Gallery, who voted When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped as one of just 30 finalists from a draft of 10,000 entries in an online Photo of the Year competition in 2015.

“This image is very special to me, and has sparked a bit of attention since winning a final place in the ABC’s Open Gallery,” Heidi said.

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Heidi Morris with When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped .

“We had just finished mustering the cattle on the bikes with the helicopter however things didn’t quite go to plan as we were putting them in the yard.

“I thought a framed print of When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped would be perfect for the Leap for Mick online art auction,” she said.

Heidi’s words come straight from the heart.

About 16 months ago her father Garry was diagnosed with a rare form of metastatic blood cancer. Treatment is keeping everything on an even keel, but the cancer will forever be in Garry’s bloodstream, “waiting for a target”.

Garry endured weekly trips to Sydney for specialist treatment and as the hopes of his family and friends grew, so did the medical bills.

“It was very stressful for the whole family,” Heidi said.

“This wasn’t a matter of having one big bill to pay; it is ongoing for the rest of dad’s life.”

Early last year family friends Richard and Debbie Williams stepped in and insisted a fundraiser be held to help the family ease the financial burden.

“It was nothing short of amazing, and I feel it is such an honour to be a part of the Moree community . . . we come together whenever people are in need,” Heidi said.

“The minute dad found out about the Leap for Mick online auction he was on to me about donating something, and this print is a gift not just from me, but the entire Morris family.

“Hopefully When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped will help raise a bit of money for the Colbrans and Mick can enjoy time with his family – that is the most important treatment he could possibly have,” she said.

While Heidi will forever be an outback girl, she is gaining increasing popularity as a professional photographer through her burgeoning business, Lens of Rosie.

“The main idea with my images is to help promote the Australian Outback for the wonderful place that it is, and to give the people in the city areas a glimpse of what it has to offer,” she said.

When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped measures 70cm high x 55cm wide. Offers above $350 please.

When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.

Welcome to the Leap for Mick online art auction, aimed at raising money for terminally-ill Moree man Mick Colbran, his wife Alice and their two young boys, Tom ad Sam.

Winners will be announced after all bidding officially closes at 6pm sharp on Sunday, March 13.

A Tip: This is an auction where the highest tender wins, so making an offer fractionally above the “offers above” figure will not necessarily win the item. Genuine buyers need to consider this, as the tender process is open for 16 days and potential buyers can only place one offer. The trick is to be generous and bid skyward if you genuinely want the item you are bidding on.

How the auction works: Prospective buyers will have three options when lodging bids. Bidders can privately inbox offers to “Bill Cindy Poulos” on Facebook, email offers to [email protected] or text offers to 0448 203621. Please state your full name and telephone contact details (mobile preferred) as well as the Lot Number and name of the item you are bidding on and the amount you are offering. You can bid on more than one item and all offers will be strictly confidential. In the event of equal highest offers on any item, all bidders concerned will be notified and invited to renew their offers. Payment will be made to a special Leap for Mick trust account that has been set up at New England Mutual after bidding is closed and the winners announced.

All pieces can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.

Bidding on all items will open at 6pm sharp on Friday, February 26 and close at 6pm sharp on Sunday, March 13.