DROUGHT-RAISING: Bill McEvoy is holding a fundraiser to help drought-stricken farmers and their families with Commercial Hotel's Michelle Law.
DROUGHT-RAISING: Bill McEvoy is holding a fundraiser to help drought-stricken farmers and their families with Commercial Hotel's Michelle Law. Vanessa Jarrett

Biloela business community gets behind drought appeal

HE MAY be from Northern Ireland, but Biloela man Bill McEvoy has the true Australian passion of lending a hand.

The owner of Bil'Ter Builders is putting together a community fundraiser, with funds to go to drought-stricken farmers.

Mr McEvoy is co-ordinating a mega raffle, with prizes from local business in Biloela.

After being gifted an esky from Ranbuild Sheds Biloela, Mr McEvoy thought why not raffle it off.

"I thought if I could raffle this and get some money for the farmers, it could help,” he said.

He talked to Michelle and Pete at the Commerical Hotel Biloela who were more than happy to jump on board and encouraged him to do it.

And the idea snowballed from there.

He has already been to see some businesses and raffle prize list is growing from $100 cash from Lee Crane Hire, a gift bucket from Supercheap Auto, $25 vouchers from Hotel Settlers, a $149 Constraw power tool from Mitre 10, $300 Clubmate BBQ from Home Hardware and a carton of beer, wine pack and a $100 voucher from the Commercial Hotel.

The response from the Biloela business owners has been "excellent”, with everyone keen and enthusiastic to jump on board.

"I am not afraid to go and ask them because I know they will help, if they can do anything or give they will,” Mr McEvoy said.

Mr McEvoy hopes to get 100 gifts and raise $10,000.

He is in talks with Rotary who will distribute the money.

"I'm going to try,” he said.

"And I won't stop going, I will just keep going.”

Watching television and seeing reports of the drought in the media, Mr McEvoy decided it was time to make a stand.

He moved to Australia 44 years ago, Mr McEvoy is proud to call such a generous country his home.

"The way it is today, Australian people are the first ones to put their hand up whenever there is a disaster in other countries,” he said.

"So I think it is time that we supported the farmers, our own kind.”

This mega raffle might inspire others as well.

"If Biloela can do it, maybe the other towns can too,” he said.

"We will call on the neighbouring towns and see if they want to do it too.

The raffle will be drawn at the Commercial Hotel on Sunday September 9 at 2pm, the day after Thangool Cup.

Mr McEvoy also hopes to sell tickets at Thangool Cup on Saturday September 8.

MEGA RAFFLE:

To to be drawn on September 9, 2pm at the Commercial Hotel

Raising money for drought-stricken farmers and their families

Phone Bill McEvoy on 0417 086 121 to donate or purchase tickets


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