RIDE-ON: Wendy Stevens and Jane Erkens testing out the ride-on mower to be raffled off ahead of the community dinner.
RIDE-ON: Wendy Stevens and Jane Erkens testing out the ride-on mower to be raffled off ahead of the community dinner. Contributed

Lofty tally being mowed down

FUNDRAISING efforts for the proposed Nanango functional playground - for both able-bodied children and those with special needs - have pushed the kitty over the halfway mark.

The current total amount raised by the community sits at $14,954, with the Heritage Bank in Nanango contributing a further $30,000.

The Heritage Bank Nanango Branch and joint venture partner Heritage Nanango Community Fund have committed to matching the community donations on a $3-for-$1 agreement.

With a community dinner planned for late August and a raffle under way for a ride-on lawn mower, fundraiser coordinator, Jane Erkens, hopes these will power them on to reach their total of $80,000.

"One of the best things about this whole fundraiser is just the support from the community," Ms Erkens said.

"It would be fabulous if we have our full $20,000 by the dinner date.

"It's going to be donation-based so we're asking people to book a table and come along.

"Hopefully we have some prizes for the best-dressed tables and by that I mean guests have to dress their own table.

"We are going to supply the tables but then people need to supply everything else, so knives and forks, plates and their own dinner."

A ride-on mower raffle has been a focal point to boost funds.

"The plan is to have sold all of the raffle tickets by August 31 so we can announce the winner on the night," Ms Erkens said.

She said it was a great prize, especially since there were a lot of people who lived on large blocks around the area.

"We have an ageing population so it's perfect for someone on small acreage or with a big house yard," she said.

The dinner will be hosted in the newly upgraded laneway in Nanango.

There will also be some live music and other raffles to keep guests entertained throughout the evening.

To book a table for this worthy night out, call Nanango Real Estate on (07)41631677.

Tickets for the ride-on mower raffle are $5 and can be purchased at various locations including Nanango Real Estate, Ed's Hardware and the Palace Hotel.

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