Viral wedding photo lands $16,000 for charity
A RURAL wedding photographer has given away more than $16,000 to a charity after capturing a stunning photo in western Queensland.
Queensland Country Life reports photo features the bridal party of Ross Uebergang and Ingrid Wood walking across a dusty plain.
Edwina Robertson travelled nine hours to photograph the wedding in Blackall.
She was touched by the harsh realities of life on the land and pledged to try and make a difference.
In a heartfelt Facebook post she wrote about the hardships of rural life.
"If you have ever lived in a rural community you will appreciate the struggles, the joy and the uncertainty of making a living off this great land of ours," she wrote.
Ms Robertson promised to personally donate $3 to the charity Tie Up The Black Dog for every "share" of her post.
The post went viral and has been shared 6475 times and viewed by more than 400,000 people.
More than $16,000 has been donated to the hardworking ladies at Tie Up the Black Dog Committee.
"I can't do much. But I can do a little," Ms Robertson said.
She said the Blackall ceremony was far more than a simple wedding.
"This was a community event that touched many.
"In the same week of this day, Ingrid's family de-stocked their property.
"A hard and heart wrenching decision to make based on the brutal realities of financial hardship with feeding their stock and the uncertainty of when a change in season was to come.
"Such a huge down, in a week of huge highs."
Ms Robertson said even with her connections to the land, she was touched by the landscape and stories of western Queensland.
"Unless you've been living under a rock for the last three years, you will also have heard of the realities and the lack of rain.
"From now, until 8pm tomorrow evening EST, for every "share" of this post, I will personally donate $3 to Tie Up The Black Dog - a fabulous charity that aims to assist depression and mental illness in rural regions."
The response to her plea was enormous and Ms Robertson summed up her reaction as "wow and heart palpitations".
The campaign ended yesterday but you can still help by donating here.