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July 29, 2017

Last year my husband had a stroke and, subsequently, we had to sell our beloved farm in Whiteheads Creek.

Neighbours came from near and wide to help prepare for the clearing sale. To those who honestly helped, a belated but heartfelt thank you.

To those who just took what they wanted, shame on you.

You stole from a sick old man and his equally sick wife.

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment and collectables disappeared.

Again, to those who honestly helped, our deepest thanks.

Without you, we would never have managed.

— Pat Bond, Euroa

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