$41K FOR RFDS
Massive $41K raised in 14th year
WHEN Deb and Steve Burnes brought pig races to the Nindigully pub in 2004, they had no idea just how big their annual fundraising effort would get.
On the weekend they marked their 14th annual fundraiser and, by 8pm, they told the 900 strong crowd they had smashed their own record, making $11,000 more than last year, with a final figure of $41,479.45
Priding themselves on their honest contribution, the Burnes said they couldn’t do it without the support of their friends and locals, as well as the ‘family’ of supporters who came out each year.
Six races were run over the day, with entertainment in between.
There is an opportunity for people to bid for a pig before each race, with the jackpot for the race split evenly between the winner and the RFDS.
“Our record pig went for $1200 in the last race.”
Steve said the day was a huge success and that he was pleased to see so many people turn out to support the event and the RFDS.
“In the last race for example we had a young guy win the $2200 prize and he donated all that money straight back.
“You just don’t expect the young people to do that, so that was great.”
Steve said the reaction the crowd gave when the final figure was announced was emotional.
“People were crying, I’ve never seen so many people in tears for having raised money.
“I think because we are so passionate about this cause, that flows on to the people who work for us, which flows onto our visitors.
“It was a truly great effort and that money has already made it to the RFDS, which is incredible.”
THEY’RE RACING: The pig races are a highlight on the southwest event calander.
The crowd enjoyed some great entertainment.
Taking a short reprieve from the sun to sit in the shade.
The famous Goanna Pull game.
Onlookers get in on the fun.
There was something at the Gully for everyone.
Pigs were ready to race.