Small town with big heart
FOR 17 years the Mt Perry Axemen and Sawyers Club has raised funds to give back to the community and to date have accumulated $92,000 in donations for a variety of organisations.
This year the group raised $5000 for the Mates 4 Mates returned servicemen organisation and Brian Gerdes was one of the men helping with the auction.
"We've done this for all different types of organisations over the years such as the burns unit in Bundaberg," Mr Gerdes said.
"I think we raised about $9500 for them."
This year the committee had to sit down again and decide on who they would donate their proceeds to and decided on the Mates 4 Mates.
The organisation concentrates on helping returned soldiers adjust to civilian life again.
"It has been in the media a fair bit lately about soldiers coming back and having a hell of a time readjusting," Mt Gerdes said.
"They are taking them away to places and doing things like teaching them to surf and all sorts of other things."
Mr Gerdes said that while this wasn't always the case it is good to see that support now.
"They didn't have that for the Vietnam veterans but it's better late than never," Gerdes said.
"We are trying to get people on their feet again."
The Mt Perry community gets behind the auction every year and shows their support for a worthy cause.
"It does us good and we are lucky to have sponsorship from the wood chop," Mr Gerdes.
"We like to give money to those organisations and we put the auction on for everybody to come and help with that."
Brian Gerdes said it all when he described Mt Perry as a town of 450 people with a heart of gold.