Volunteers lend a hand
THE Heavy Horse Day at Yangan was the biggest fundraiser for the year for the Killarney Lions Club and president Ray Bodley was happy with the day.
He arrived at Mick Bradford’s property at 6.15am yesterday as club members prepared for the start of a massive day at 9am.
“We have 18 members in our Killarney club and 16 were at the day,” Mr Bodley said.
“Eight members of the Warwick Lions Club and 25 volunteers also helped out.”
Most of the Killarney Lions Club members and volunteers worked at the hillside canteen.
RACQ CareFlight had a stall at the day and were visited by hundreds keen to learn more about the work of a service which transports hundreds of Darling Downs residents to metropolitan hospitals each year.
Regional community relations manager Helen Williams said the Heavy Horse Day was one of the biggest fundraisers in the South West region each year.
“It costs an average of $10,000 for each transport and these Heavy Horse Days (before yesterday) have already raised $80,000,” Ms Williams said.
“All money raised in the South West region stays in the region.
“We now have a chopper based in Toowoomba each weekend and during school holidays and hope to have one permanently in Toowoomba in the future which will save flying time from the Gold Coast.
“Often the speed to get to the scene is the difference between life and death.”