Our small region praised for being a fundraising leader
THE South Burnett has been singled out as an overachiever in the charitable stakes after close to $40,000 in donations in recent months.
LifeFlight fundraising coordinator Mandy Hentschel commended the South Burnett region for the significant amount contributed from recent events.
"What we have received in support from this small region is unbelievable,” she said.
The total amount raised for Life Flight by South Burnett organisations and events throughout August and September was $38,950.
Ms Hentschel believed the South Burnett's big hearts stemmed from being such a close-knit community.
"This community understands what we do and how important our service is,” she said.
"They know we have touched a lot of lives out here.”
"This community stick their hand in the pockets every time.”
Charity organisations such as Life Flight are imperative for rural areas and they couldn't exist without the financial support of the community.
"We have five bases across Queensland and each base has a $1.8 million shortfall,” she said.
"Government funding only covers 69 per cent.”
The fundraising coordinator was always excited and humbled when she visited the South Burnett.
"I feel like a rock star whenever I come out here, everybody really spoils me.”
The significant monetary contribution was in large part due to community events such as the Flight Savers Family Fun Day, the Stanwell golf day and Maidenwell community group.
However the South Burnett's philanthropic ways were not restricted to large one-off events.
"The Nanango markets donated $25,000 from 12 months of collecting at their car parking,” She said.
"They are amazing, they are there every time.”
"People save up their coins in their car and give it all to the guys at the markets.”
Ms Hentschel's was extremely grateful to the region and looked forward to continuing her strong affiliation with the area and all its charitable residents.
"On behalf of the crew and myself a huge thank you to the entire South Burnett.
"We can't do what we do without the support,” she said.
"It truly is amazing.”