The Eurobodalla community pulled out all the stops to support farmers in need on Friday night.
More than 450 people came along to Eurobodalla Raindance events in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma to raise funds for drought relief.
Preliminary tallies indicate charity auctions earned more than $22,000 across the three events. Proceeds from the raffle and ticket sales are yet to be finalised, however Council estimates more than $30,000 was raised overall.
Council is still confirming how the funds will be distributed between local farmers and Eurobodalla’s sister shire, Cobar.
Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes said the events were a beautiful example of community collaboration.
“When it comes to supporting people in need, the Eurobodalla community never disappoints,” she said.
“The Eurobodalla Raindance was not just about raising money, it was also about bringing our community together and letting our farmers know we’re thinking of them.
“It was an incredible night of wonderful community spirit and I’d like to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the community for supporting the cause, including the more than 100 business who generously donated items and services for the night.”
Cr Innes paid tribute to Cobar Mayor Lilliane Brady, who made a special effort to attend the Moruya and Narooma Raindances.
“Clr Brady is the longest serving female Mayor in NSW and at 87, it was a privilege to have her come along,” she said.
“Special thanks too to our headline acts; Wilbur Wilde, Frankie J Holden and Josh Cunningham of the Waifs, who donated their services for free, and to event promoter David White for arranging it.”
Clr Brady praised the love and dedication of those involved.
“It’s been overwhelming and on behalf of the community and the graziers of Cobar we can’t thank you enough,” she said.
“Out of any devastation comes wonderful friendships and we’ve certainly made that here.”
Above: More than 450 people came together to raise funds for drought relief at Eurobodalla Raindance events in Batemans Bay, Moruya (pictured) and Narooma on Friday night.