The Rotaract Club of Toowoomba will be holding its third annual Disaster Relief Gala dinner to raise money for the community disaster relief fund on 27 May.

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

first hand the financial and emotional struggles that disasters, drought especially, places on farmers, their families and their local communities. We wanted to be able to help alleviate some of those stresses.”

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.

Our club members, local businesses and the general public who donate items for our raffles and auction, and purchase tickets to come along are also a driving force for our success. In addition, this year, the dinner would not be possible without our major sponsor, Withers Dental, whose sponsorship has covered our venue hire costs. It’s fantastic to have a sponsor who is also so passionate about supporting farmers and rural communities within the 9630 Rotary District.”

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 rotaract.toowoomba@gmail.com.

See socials from the 2016 RNA Drought Relief Fundraiser, here.