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Cache McLerie, nine, who farms with his family west of Spruceview spends a little time with his steer calf at the Innisfail Auction Market prior to a sale on Wednesday.

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Cache McLerie, nine, who farms with his family west of Spruceview spends a little time with his steer calf at the Innisfail Auction Market prior to a sale on Wednesday. McLerie decided to donate the proceeds of the sale of the steer to charity and wanted the donation to go towards a charity that would help rural families. McLerie chose the Ronald McDonald House being built in Red Deer. A total of about $18,000 was raised through several donors who bid on the animal. Penwest Energy made a contribution of $10,000, staff and suppliers Koch Fuels of Red Deer put in $2,000, Reg Cox Feed Mixers contributed $1,600, while the Innisfail Auction Market, Southside Chrysler and Jackson’s Drug Store in Innisfail all put in $500 each. Cattle buyers Murray Tolton and Tom Shuckburg combined their funds and purchased the animal for $1,000 and various other private donors came forward to bring up the total. Ronald McDonald House construction is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks, said Leslee Burton, project capital campaign manager, adding donations to the project have just exceeded $10 million.