Coun­try hos­pi­tal­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MUN­DUB­BERA’S big red shed will be quite lonely af­ter sev­eral months of host­ing BlazeAid vol­un­teers.

Re­cently farm­ers, vol­un­teers and cater­ers gath­ered to say good­bye and share their sto­ries of grat­i­tude.

Ninety-six prop­erty own­ers from the Mun­dub­bera, Eidsvold and Gayn­dah ar­eas reg­is­tered for BlazeAid as­sis­tance to get back on their feet af­ter the Jan­uary flood and al­most five months later, vol­un­teers have worked on all th­ese properties and con­trib­uted 2250 vol­un­teer days worth more than $1.5 mil­lion.

“I was truly blessed to be given the chance to take on the po­si­tion of BlazeAid co-or­di­na­tor back in Fe­bru­ary,” Vikki Kelly said.

“Help­ing my friends, neigh­bours and other farm­ers of Mun­dub­bera and sur­round­ing ar­eas helped me es­cape from the flood trou­bles on my own dairy.

“Twenty-eight teams from the three towns took turns cater­ing for vol­un­teers who take away mem­o­ries of coun­try hos­pi­tal­ity.”

“We have an amaz­ing com­mu­nity and be­cause so many groups, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als came for­ward to pro­vide evening meals, each only had to be called on once ev­ery four weeks,” cater­ing co-or­di­na­tor Ruth Vi­cary said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AMAZ­ING JOB: BlazeAid co-or­di­na­tors Gra­ham and Glo­ria Collins or­gan­ised vol­un­teers at the Mun­dub­bera camp for four months and were thanked by farm­ers from Eidsvold, Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah at the re­cent farewell.

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