CATTLE DRIVE CHARITY BOOST
About $20,000 raised from Eidsvold event goes to two worthy causes.
THE Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive mustered more than $20,000 that will be shared by the Royal Flying Doctors Service and the Bundaberg Rotary Lodge.
Bruce Tye, who helped organise the April event, said $20,300 had been raised. The Royal Flying Doctors Service will receive $10,300 with the remaining $10,000 to be presented to the Rotary Lodge.
“They are worthwhile charities that people in the district use,” Mr Tye said.
“You never know when you might use the Royal Flying Doctors Service and you never know when you might use the lodge.
“We did raise a little bit more that we have kept in the kitty for the next time we go so we have a bit of money to get going.”
The funds were presented to the charities at a presentation event at the RM Williams Centre on July 15.
Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet, who manages the lodge which provides affordable accommodation for patients and family accessing Bundaberg hospitals, said she was initially shocked when she heard about the large donation.
“We started out with 10 people coming into the lodge, last month we had 263 people come into the lodge, it’s a 12-bed facility,” she said.
“You can see the amount of support people need.”
Ms Burnet said the money would help with expansion plans.
“We are looking to expand the lodge this year,” she said.
“I’ve had plans drawn up to turn the garage we have at the lodge into another four bedrooms.
“We will have another self-contained little unit for patients at Rotary Lodge and it’s so needed.
“It’s looking like a $120,000 development and I can’t thank this Eidsvold community and everyone who was involved in the cattle drive enough for this help.”
Royal Flying Doctors Service Bundaberg base manager Jo Faulkner said the organisation was thankful for the donation.
“These funds are going to go towards medical equipment and aircraft,” she said.
“It’s vital to keeping our service going and we really appreciate it.”
Ms Faulkner said the Bundaberg base had transported about 2000 patients during the past year.
“In the Eidsvold district we’ve transported approximately 40 patients this year,” she said.
Mr Tye said the cattle drive, which drove 330 head of cattle 70km to Eidsvold, had been a success.
“I’m happy that it has raised that much money but there is success in many other places as well,” he said.
“It’s been a successful event in terms of bringing the community together.”
Mr Tye said planning had started to stage another cattle drive in 2018.
MUSTERING SUPPORT: Eidsvold Cattle Drive organiser Bruce Tye with Maria Burnet from Burnet Rotary Lodge and Jo Faulkner from the Royal Flying Doctors Service. MORE PHOTOS: PAGE 15