Trish Litgens and Lyn Smith raised about $4500 at a Suicide Prevention Morning Tea in Blackbutt.
Trish Litgens and Lyn Smith raised about $4500 at a Suicide Prevention Morning Tea in Blackbutt. David Vidler

The little town of Blackbutt has a big heart

CLOSE to $4500 will be given to mental health groups in the South Burnett to help reduce the rate of suicide.

This is thanks to an unexpected haul of donations, raffle ticket sales and extremely generous bidding during an auction at the Suicide Prevention Morning Tea in Blackbutt on July 8.

Trish Litgens was prompted to organise the event out the back of her nursery, after losing her daughter to suicide earlier this year.

She said the support from her mountain-top community had been wonderful.

"That's not bad for a small town,” Ms Litgens said.

"I would have been happy with $3000 but $4500 is really good.”

About 200 people attended the morning tea, which was catered with food donated by local service clubs.

"All through the day, people kept coming in and out and their hearts were just huge,” Ms Litgens said.

Most of the money came from the charity auction.

A painting owned by Ms Litgens' daughter sold for about $600.

"Two men were fighting over it,” Ms Litgens said.

"Paul McDermott bought it and he turned around and said, 'Now I want to give it back to Trisha.'”

"It was lovely,” she said.

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