Ladies lunch raises crucial funds
A WONDERFUL crowd of ladies wearing green to celebrate St Patrick's Day turned out to an opulent luncheon at the Porters Plainland Hotel to help raise funds for flood victims in the Lockyer Valley.
Owner Julie Porter organised the day and said it was a huge success with over $5000 raised for the Lockyer Valley Flood Appeal, which was presented to Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Steve Jones, a guest speaker on the day.
“We have been devastated by the destruction and loss of life and were only too happy to help in any way we could after knowing so many people who suffered after living here for so long,” Mrs Porter said.
“We individually helped three other people with donations of money and goods and I wanted to have the function as another way of helping those in need.”
Mrs Porter made a special donation to flood victim Jenny Barrett of Helidon after her home and belongings were completely inundated in the January flood disaster.
“I also want to thank Michael White, an ex-Gatton resident, from Brackenridge Tavern, for his substantial donation towards the day as well as the Bottlemart Queensland Group for their very generous donation,” Mrs Porter said.
“The initial fund-raising we did was an appeal that the Queensland Hotels Association was running through the month of February, this was for the Premiers' Flood Appeal.
“Our son Michael organised this and we donated five per cent of our bar takings for the month plus numerous raffles and monies from customers, which amounted to over $7900,” she said.
“I want to also thank everyone, including our staff, for their contributions and donations toward the raffles.”
After the function the funds raised for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council's flood appeal reached a grand total of $5300.