Story at­tracts US at­ten­tion

Biggen­den Drought­busters con­tinue fundrais­ing for fel­low farm­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

A STORY in the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times about the Biggen­den Drought­busters has at­tracted in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

One of the faces be­hind Biggen­den Drought­busters, Julie Just said there had been a good re­sponse to the story.

“Our big­gest sur­prise was re­ceiv­ing an email from Lions In­ter­na­tional in Chicago want­ing their jour­nal­ist to do a story,” Mrs Just said

“I just thought ‘wow’.” Mrs Just thought she would leave that in­ter­view for fel­low Drought­busters, Lea (Treloar) and Roz (Buczma) to deal with.

“They can be our in­ter­na­tional cor­re­spon­dents,” she said.

In the mean­time, fundrais­ing con­tin­ues to gather mo­men­tum.

The group’s fort­nightly meat trays and seafood vouch­ers were snapped up on Fri­day night.

Af­ter a few do­na­tions were thrown in, they raised more than $500.

Mrs Just said schools were also get­ting on board, with Coalstoun Lakes or­gan­is­ing a farm­ers day on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2, and Biggen­den State School still to set a date for a fundraiser.

“Biggen­den State School Stu­dent Coun­cil is look­ing at or­gan­is­ing a sausage siz­zle like they did last year for Drought An­gels,” she said.

“Both schools are more than happy to have a do­na­tion bin for non-per­ish­able items.”

Up­com­ing fundrais­ing events in­clude a bowls day on Novem­ber 3 from 10am to 5pm, which in­cludes a bar­be­cue lunch.

En­ter­tain­ment for the farm­ers din­ner on Satur­day Novem­ber 10, has been spon­sored by First Na­tional Childers. Tick­ets are $20 per per­son and will go on sale soon.

Pa­trons will be en­cour­aged to come dressed as farm­ers.

Mrs Just be­lieved this cam­paign would con­tinue.

“We have other ideas for fundrais­ing events but they would prob­a­bly be held in the new year,” she said.

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