BRINGING BACK JOY: The Weekend Locals (dressed in white) connecting with Surat residents on their September trip.
BRINGING BACK JOY: The Weekend Locals (dressed in white) connecting with Surat residents on their September trip.

The club bringing joy to drought-stricken faces

DROUGHT might be the worry on everyone’s mind at the moment but this group is encouraging those in small towns to let go, at least for a day.

The Weekend Locals is a Toowoomba and Brisbane club that travels to communities in need to shop locally and provide free meals to residents.

Started by Tony Marshall, Liz Piraner, Paige Rogers and Dennis Bullpitt, the club was spurred by a desire to bring back hope, Mr Bullpitt said.

“The situation is that a lot of communities out there are struggling,” he said.

“Those small country towns don’t get an influx of people. The idea of us going into communities is to inject a bit of money and bring some joy to these towns.”

In September, the group visited the Surat region where they were overwhelmed by the response they received on the ground.

“It’s not good, it doesn’t matter whether it’s West or North, even little farms around Toowoomba are doing it hard,” Mr Bullpitt said.

The Toowoomba group will also donate water to Warwick Rotary Sunrise on their way to Killarney.

Mr Bullpitt said the donation was the club’s way of doing all they could to help out and hoped more tourists would follow suite.

“Everyone does their little bit and that’s what people need to be aware of,” he said.

“Just because there’s a drought, it doesn’t mean these towns aren’t still going. People just need to help and support them.”

The group will travel to Killarney today where they will have morning tea with residents, before dinner and entertainment by Mik Oberle at the Ballandean Tavern and Motel tonight from 6pm.



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