The final pieces are falling into place for Eurobodalla’s biggest drought fundraiser on Friday 23 November, the Eurobodalla Raindance.
Three big events will be held simultaneously at golf clubs in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, with 100 per cent of proceeds – including all ticket sales – going to farmers battling the drought.
Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes said the scene was set for a fantastic night, with entertainment from Aussie legends Wilbur Wilde, Josh Cunningham of the Waifs and Frankie J Holden, as well as a range of local performers.
“We have seen an absolutely incredible amount of generosity from our local businesses, who have donated an astonishing $38,000 worth of items to be auctioned or raffled on the night,” she said.
“Now all we need is for people to buy tickets and come along and bid on the night to help farmers in need.
“If you can name it, chances are it will be offered as a prize or auction item. We’ve got beautiful local artwork, sporting merchandise and memorabilia, several romantic accommodation packages, facials – even a scooter, a barbecue and cordless drill. There’s seaplane flights, a skydiving voucher, passenger flights, zoo passes, homewares, dinner vouchers, movie passes and much, much more.”
Cr Innes moved to remind the community that 98 per cent of NSW remained in drought or drought affected and with a dry, hot summer forecast, things could turn nasty very quickly.
“The grass may be green after the small amount of rain we’ve had, but our farmers are finding it tough, and will continue to find it tough for some time even after the drought has broken,” she said.
“Locally, the price of feed for stock is sky-high, water stores are low or non-existent, and many farmers have been forced to destock their land in low market conditions, having a huge impact on farm income.
“Our sister shire, Cobar, is within the 14.2 per cent of the state declared in ‘intense drought’ and it’s immensely impacting the whole community, which has a long history of crippling droughts.
“The Eurobodalla Raindance is about showing our support and doing everything we can to help our brothers and sisters in need.”
Tickets to Eurobodalla Raindance events are now $25 and include food grazing platters and entertainment.
The events will be held Friday 23 November from 6.30pm at Catalina Country Club, Moruya Golf Club and Narooma Golf Club. Tickets are available at the clubs or online at www.trybooking.com
Above: Members of the Eurobodalla Raindance organising committee include Moruya Lions Club’s Kathy and Des Rose, Eurobodalla Council’s Kerrie-Anne Benton and Anthony O’Reilly, Quota Narooma’s Chris Ryder, Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes, Batemans Bay Lions Club’s Carolyn and Jacki Harding, and Council’s Tina Young.