$30,000: Small town raises the big bucks in charity drive
A SMALL town with a big heart has raised more than $30,000 at their recent Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive.
Residents attended the presentation night on Friday night where each organisation; Life Flight, Rotary Lodge and the Royal Flying Doctor Service received a $10,000 cheque to help service the communities needs.
Life Flight fundraising coordinator Mandy Hentschel said she was amazed at the generosity shown and thanked the whole community for donating the money.
"It's unbelievable, it's amazing to see regional towns get behind a much needed service,” Mrs Hentschel said.
"We're so grateful for their support, I had no idea they were raising money for us until I went on Facebook and followed the Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive, it was an incredible thing to see.”
Mrs Hentschel said Life Flight performed over 265 missions in 2017.
"The Bundaberg Life Flight performed more missions than any other Life Flight base,” she said.
"On average the helicopter became airborne for five missions everyday.
"If we can get a patient in the golden hour, it's a case of life and death and it can save people's lives.”
Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive organiser Roslyn Payne said the success of the event couldn't have happened without the support from the community.
"We never in our wildest dreams expected to do anything like that, it's just incredible,” she said.
"It's the little contributions that count too, the likes of the CWA ladies making cakes for the cattle drive or the ones donating the hay.”
Mrs Payne said they chose the three organisations based on the need within the community.
"We tried to pick charities that we would all need at some point,” she said.
Since 2016 the Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive have donated $50,000 to various charities.