Farmers receive Christmas relief
A MONSTER fundraising effort by Maryborough RSL staff has amounted in $13,000 being donated to local farmers impacted by the drought.
The team volunteered their time over the past few months organising events including the Monster Raffle and Drought Relief Dinner.
More than 80 guests attended the dinner where there was entertainment by saxophonist Tom MacKenzie and rising Gympie country music star-Caitlyn Shadbolt.
One of the top 10 best young auctioneers in Queensland, Brady Jackson generously donated his time auctioning off more than 30 prizes.
Local business got behind the club’s staff and their initiatives and donated thousands of dollars in prizes.
“Lemon floats, $100 boards and staff dress up evenings were also held to assist in fundraising,” RSL Marketing and Promotions co-ordinator Siona O’Regan said.
“We are extremely proud to have raised $13,000 – our goal was $6000.”
All money raised is being donated to Drought Angels, a registered not for profit charity, supporting Australian farmers.
Sub branch president George Mellick said he was overwhelmed at the support and generosity of local businesses and the community.
“I want to thank the staff at the Maryborough RSL for a superb effort in organising and raising funds for such a welldeserved cause,” Mr Mellick said.
“It is fantastic at how many local organisations and individuals supported the effort and clearly as Maryborough community is surrounded by so many farming enterprises they know how important our farmers are for the city itself.”
FUNDS FOR FARMERS: Maryborough RSL staff including (from left) Leanne McArthur, Marissa Nance and Siona O'Regan volunteered their time and efforts to organise fundraisers for local farmers impacted by drought.