Farm­ers re­ceive Christ­mas re­lief

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - BONI HOLMES [email protected]­

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.”

Photo: Boni Holmes

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.

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