Wildash Rural Fire Brigade members are inviting the community to help raise money for a much-needed shed. Pictured (from left) is firefighter Paul Maher, fire warden Peter Maher, president Liam O’Dea and secretary/treasurer and organiser Eileen Scott.
Wildash Rural Fire Brigade members are inviting the community to help raise money for a much-needed shed. Pictured (from left) is firefighter Paul Maher, fire warden Peter Maher, president Liam O’Dea and secretary/treasurer and organiser Eileen Scott.

Big day to help firies

AFTER almost losing her home and six-week-old son Andrew in a bushfire, Eileen Scott was inspired to become a firefighter.

Now after years of helping others, the eager Wildash Rural Fire Brigade firefighter needs your help to raise money to buy a new shed for the hard-working team of almost 40 members.

“We’re hosting a day of celebrations in aid of 130 years after the opening of the Warwick to Cherry Gully railway,” Mrs Scott said.

The decision to become part of the fire brigade was an easy one for this personable volunteer.

“We used to live in Victoria and were affected by bushfires, which made me very conscious of the dangers of bushfires,” Mrs Scott said.

“It was 45 years ago when a bushfire hit near our home and the fire came all the way up to the clothes line in our backyard.

“I lost my six-week-old son Andrew because fire crews saw him, put him in the back of a truck and of course I couldn’t find him so it scared the hell out of me – gave me a hell of a fright.”

As part of the Wildash Rural Fire Brigade, Mrs Scott also helped raise $3000 for the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires last year.

Now it’s the brigade’s turn to receive the support of their community, with a weekend dedicated to a family fun two days of fundraising.

On Saturday, March 13, a night of entertainment will be hosted at Cherrabah Resort with a barbecue, trivia and karaoke in aid of the fire brigade, with a family fun day to be held the next day.

The theme of the day is the 1880s with prizes for the best period costume with families encouraged to BYO picnic lunch along with period-themed games, entertainment by the Warwick City Band, town crier, a stockman’s challenge, barrel races and other horse events.

“We gave out 250 fliers at the Allora Heritage Weekend and Gladfield Driver Reviver so the day is looking like it’ll be bigger than what we expected but that’s okay – the more the merrier,” Mrs Scott said.

The shed will cost the brigade $60,000, but the team, including president Liam O’Dea, are confident there will be a permanent base for the Wildash Rural Fire Brigade before the year is out.

“The brigade has been going for 55 years and we’re responsible for the area between Morgan Park and the New South Wales border on the southern side of Warwick,” Mr O’Dea said.

“We also help other brigades escort the steam train on excursions through to Stanthorpe; a shed for the community is definitely needed.”

If you would like to volunteer to help set up for the fundraising weekend or want more information, phone Eileen on 0428 552 007.

Fundraiser

Saturday, March 13

Hosted at Cherrabah Resort, bookings 1800 023 788

Option 1 – $100pp: BBQ dinner, trivia and karaoke, overnight stay and breakfast

Option 2 – $30pp: BBQ dinner, trivia and karaoke

Sunday, March 14

Family fun day at Woodlands, 2458 Old Stanthorpe Road, Cherry Gully

11am until dusk, $10pp, children under 15 free; donations tax deductible



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