Cowboys for Cancer Foundation third annual Murrurundi reunion held at White Hart Hotel

FOR more than 40 cowboys, Saturday was a chance to relive their glory days, while raising money for a good cause.

The third annual Cowboys for Cancer Foundation reunion was held at the White Hart Hotel in Murrurundi and event organiser Glen 'Dodger' Shepherd said the day was a chance to get together and tell tales of the 'good old days' back on the rodeo circuit.

"The cowboys here are mainly people who did their time on the rodeo circuit back in the 50s right through to the 2000s," Mr Shepherd said.

"My brothers and I, we all rodeoed."

Mr Shepherd founded the charity three years ago after losing his brother Lance and several mates to cancer.

"I noticed that the only time we all got together was at funerals," he said.

The former Moree resident, now Murrurundi local, decided to change that by organising an annual reunion and raffles throughout the year, with money going directly to any cowboys he knows with cancer.

Mr Shepherd personally delivers recipients with a couple hundred dollars a year, a figure he hopes to increase if the foundation gains more traction.

"I did a bit of research and I could only find two Cowboys for Cancer charities in the world - the other is in America and it's a research foundation," he said.

With cowboys coming from as far as Queensland for the reunion the day was a chance to meet up with old and new friends while breaking the stigma surrounded with cancer and combating the isolation that comes with battling the disease in the bush.

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