CAT­TLE DRIVE CHAR­ITY BOOST

About $20,000 raised from Eidsvold event goes to two wor­thy causes.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

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

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