GALLERY: Firey's Day Out fires up fundraisers
MORE than a hundred people flocked to a South Burnett pub to show their support for the rural fire services.
Firey's Day Out was held at the Commercial Hotel at Kingaroy and raised an outstanding total of $5350 to support community members on the frontlines fighting fires.
One of the organisers and MC for the afternoon, Matt Collins said he was thrilled to have been able to organise an event that showed appreciation for the firefighters during bushfire season.
"From the initial idea to the day of the event was less than four weeks," Mr Collins said.
"Irrespective of the lead-up time, I knew it would be a success.
"I was confident the community would get behind such a worthy cause.
"Every aspect of the day just seemed to flow so easily.
"A huge shout-out to the talented artists who gave up their time, the Com Pub for being such a terrific venue, all the businesses who donated prizes and of course all those who attended and raised much-needed funds for our tireless volunteer firefighters."
Six local music acts kept the guests entertained from 1pm as the event rolled into the evening.
In between the performances, raffles were held, offering prizes that had been generously donated from businesses across the South Burnett,
There was also a celebrity auction.
The idea behind the auction was for a South Burnett celebrity to donate two hours of their time to the winning bidder.
The funds raised from each celebrity would go towards the total amount to be donated to the rural fire services.
In the first round of people to be auctioned off at 4pm, Councillor Danita Potter sold for $70, Councillor Ros Heit was bought for $80 and Brett Otto sold for $150.
For the second round at 5pm, Councillor Roz Frohloff was sold for $100 and Councillor Gavin Jones was won by a silent bidder for $300.
The grand final at 6pm saw South Burnett Food Ambassdor Jason Ford and wife Karen sold for $320.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff was sold for $500 to Brett Otto, who said he would gift her services to his dad because he loved her.
Finally, the show-stopping auction of the night was Mayor Keith Campbell who smashed the previous tallies and was sold to David Mosh for $1250.