Rainbow Beach DroughtRunners Report

It is now seven years since we started helping farmers in drought, fire and flood victims, and the homeless. This all started after the wonderful Spring Festival we had here in 2015.

We must now be getting up to around $800,000 raised so next month we will get a real total. Donations have of course dried up lately as disaster times fade but let’s hope there are no more serious events ahead.

I must thank Bendigo Rotary who I spoke to at a lunch meeting earlier in the year for a great donation of $1500. Our collection tins are still out there and I must check these shortly but there was another $70 from Tin Can Bay Bakery.

Many thanks to all that have filled our bins at 10 Tingira Close and the Big 4 at Carlo with bottles and cans and to Wayne Kerle for collecting. I also wish to thank The Bush Bundle for their lovely gift packs which have gone to flood victims west of Gympie.

Since the last report we have sent $500 to Blaze-Aid which will be our last as their job fencing has finished. $1000 has gone to the Gympie homeless and we are sending $1000 to the Mullumbimby relief centre in NSW. Flood victims there are still receiving goods by helicopter at time of writing as many roads are still impassable.

A big thank you to Derek Wordsworth for letting us have his avocado crop but it is hard work picking. How do you get workers? Anyway all funds from avocado sales are going to flood victims.

Til next month. Stay safe.

Tony Stewart

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