November 26, 2020
Relay For Life has hundreds of supporters in the South Burnett … and the organisers of this year’s Dinner With The Captains are hoping they’ll all be cashed up and tuned into the radio on Friday morning.
Dinner With The Captains is a very popular annual fundraising event for the Cancer Council Queensland, and the dinner auction always attracts plenty of bids.
But COVID-19 meant no Dinner With The Captains could be organised this year.
So, instead of a dinner and auction, it’s just an auction … which will be held live on CROW-FM 90.7 from 6:00am to 10:00am on Friday morning.
Dinner With The Captains organiser Carl Rackemann is urging local residents to tune in and bid on some highly coveted sporting and music memorabilia.
“As well as amazing auction items, we have former national sporting captains joining us through the morning, including Allan Border, Natalie Cook, Ian Healy and Powderfinger lead vocalist Bernard Fanning,” Carl said.
Auction items include a 70 inch Hisense S5 4K LED LCD Smart TV (thanks to Harvey Norman Kingaroy); sporting memorabilia and Powderfinger items; an autographed Socceroos pictorial tribute to Harry Kewell, and a BEGIN 4 wheel hay rake (donated by OzValue AG).
(For a list of other auction items, see below).
The auction will also be livestreamed on Facebook for people who want to bid but can’t tune in.
Dinner With The Captains has been a vital fundraising event organised by the South Burnett Relay For Life committee for the past 10 years.
All funds raised go towards cancer support services, prevention programs and lifesaving cancer research.
Carl said he had been determined to keep the event running in 2020, despite the COVID-19 restrictions.
“We have been working hard to put together a quality list of auction items and seek the support of some of our past Dinner sponsors,” he said.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan thanked Carl and the South Burnett Relay For Life committee for their ongoing support.
“Longstanding annual fundraising events such as Dinner With The Captains are incredibly important to both the local community and Cancer Council Queensland,” she said.
“I sincerely thank Mr Rackemann and his fellow Relay For Life committee members for their dedication to raising funds in support of Queenslanders impacted by cancer.
“This year has been challenging for many of our committed fundraisers as they navigate COVID-19 restrictions.
“I commend them on the innovative ways they have adapted their events to ensure they continue to go ahead safely, in the current climate.”
- Donations can also be made online directly to the South Burnett Relay For Life fundraising page
UPDATE: The online auction raised an amazing $11,031.05 … great effort, everyone!