Lions Band Together for Bushfire and Drought Benefit

When disaster strikes, Lions’ volunteers are always amongst the first to offer support.

Queensland Lions have sprung into action to support farmers and their families in the South Burnett who are struggling through Australia’s current drought conditions and the impact of recent fires.

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Image by Past Tense Photography.

Coming together to show their support, Q4 District Lions along with South Burnett Music Awards and South Burnett Regional Council organised and sponsored the Blackbutt Bands Together benefit held last Sunday on the 3rd of December.

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Image by Past Tense Photography.

Over 200 people attended the free event, which was held at Hotel Radnor in Blackbutt and boasted an exciting music line up including David Lynch, Lloyd Back, Ground Crew featuring Amos, Richie Arrowsmith, Paradox and headline act Rufus Jack.

Image by Past Tense Photography.

Raising more than $10,000 so far, all funds will be used to provide farmers with vouchers for essentials like groceries, rural supplies, fuel and other necessary items.

A further $6,000 has been raised by the Mooloolaba Lions Club to support communities impacted by bushfires in Queensland’s Western Downs region (including Tara and Millmerran).

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Chris Pullin, manager of Noosa Keys Resort and member of the Tewantin Noosa Lions Club, also donated 2 nights accommodation for 4 people which was auctioned off on Sunday.

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This was won by Lion Colleen Callaghan, member of Blackbutt Benarkin Lions Club, at a bid of $1,200. Colleen understands the impact of drought, having experienced a seven-year-long period of it during her time as a farmer.

Image by Past Tense Photography.

Well done to all involved – with the support of Lions and our communities, we can help our farmers and their families get through this tough time.

If you would like to show your support, the fundraiser will be active until the end of December. Click here to make a donation.

You can see more photos from the event on the Lions District 201 Q4 Facebook page.