New equipment coming to hospital
ABOUT $49,000 of new medical equipment will be purchased for the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital.
The money was raised at the Kingaroy Supa IGA Mayor's Charity Ball and will be given to the South Burnett Community Hospital Foundation which will buy the equipment.
While South Brisbane Burnett Day Hospital currently has the lease to operate the hospital, any equipment purchased will remain in the possession of the foundation and, by extension, the South Burnett Regional Council.
On May 20 about 350 guests filled the Kingaroy Town Hall for an event that showcased the South Burnett Regional Flavours, with a custom menu designed to highlight food and wine from throughout the region.
Mayor Keith Campbell said it was a great evening.
"I set a goal in early January to raise $50,000 and I have the greatest pleasure to announce that we were only shy of this amount, reaching approximately $49,000," Cr Campbell said.
" The support has been tremendous and there are so many that need to be thanked.
"Words cannot describe how appreciative I am of the overwhelming support from our great sponsors and the community to ensuring the future of the community hospital."
John Allery, from Raine and Horne Kingaroy, auctioned 10 items to add to the fundraising kitty.
These items included signed jerseys, a jukebox, television, keyboard and a whole beast butchered to the specifications of the successful bidder.
More than 30 businesses donated items toward 14 raffles, with each raffle valued at up to $600.
"Not everyone can attend the ball and I wanted to make sure everyone could play a part in raising funds," Cr Campbell said.