Taroom raises $24,000 in flood aid
TAROOM showed true Aussie mateship after a flood fundraiser raised an astonishing $24,000.
The event, at the Leichhardt Hotel, had auctions, raffles and yabby races, with former CQ NRL Bid media manager Jason Costigan as the MC.
Former Baralaba, Bulldogs, Queensland and Australian rugby league hooker Jason Hetherington was also a guest on the night.
Among the auction items are a signed and framed Wallabies jersey, a signed Roger Federer tennis ball, paintings, horse service fees, rib fillets and tyre gift vouchers.
One of the organisers, Mick Brannan, said the event was unbelievable, with the $24,000 raised by just around 120 people that attended.
"It was unreal – it just shows what a good community we have here in Taroom," Mr Brannan said.
"Raise a dollar we did – but you can’t do that if you don’t have a crowd with money in their pockets and a warm heart."
He said they never aimed to raise so much with the event more about forgetting people’s worries for the night.
"I feel we all appreciated a chance to get together, to talk, relax and enjoy the company of those that are so important to us, our family, our friends and those who have and are helping us through this difficult time."
Mr Brannan said the fundraiser was organised in just three weeks and the organisers worked hard to call on all their contacts in the limited time.
"I would like to name everyone who contributed so that they can be thanked personally; this is not possible as the support was overwhelming."
The funds will go to the Taroom District Cancer and Palliative Care Group to be distributed to Taroom’s flood victims.
Mr Brannan said they were planning to follow Theodore’s lead and have vouchers so the money could be spent locally – in Taroom or in Banana Shire.
He said they had also put suggestion boxes at the post office and newsagency seeking the community’s input on how to spend the funds.