The fund, which came about as a result of drought in the district, aims to provide farmers and the greater rural community with vouchers and funding to help subsidise their basic needs when their businesses are struggling due to the harsh conditions.
Vice president of the Rotary Club Toowoomba Kimberley Kerslake says that drought is still a very prominent issue for her district.
“It’s a disaster that doesn’t receive as much government assistance as other disasters. Many of our club members grew up on farms or in small rural towns within the 9630 Rotary district, and have seen
The Rotary Club Gala dinner raised $8,500 in it’s first year and a bit over $13,000 in it’s second, but Kimberley says it’s not the number that’s important.
“We’d love to raise more than last year, but our ultimate goal is to help alleviate those financial stresses felt by the farmers and their local communities, and any amount we raise, no matter how big or small will do that.”
On the success of the event, Kimberley remarked, “A lot of hard work goes in to making our events successful. The things that make this event possible and keep it running are the fantastic committee of people we have working behind the scenes organising the dinner.
The Gala Dinner includes drinks on arrival, a three course meal, lucky door prize, cash bar, raffles and an auction. Tickets are $110 per person or $1100 for a table of ten. Three hour drinks packages are also available for $40 per person. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here.
For more information, or to make a donation, phone Miriam on 0410924139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See socials from the 2016 RNA Drought Relief Fundraiser, here.