Joy and Darren Buckley, from Wondai, with Jess Horsley and Scott Hadley, both from Kingaroy

April 14, 2022

Just over 200 people turned out on Saturday night in Kingaroy to enjoy a camp oven dinner under the stars, and raise funds for the LifeFlight Foundation.

The evening, organised by the Kingaroy Men’s Shed, had been rescheduled from February due to the Omicron surge.

This is the second time that the volunteers have organised a fundraising dinner to benefit LifeFlight.

Ralph Clark, from the Men’s Shed, said it had been a fantastic night.

“All the feedback I have received is that everyone enjoyed it. All the feedback about the music (provided by the Sempf Family) was that it was very good,” Ralph said.

“And the food was nice and tasty!

“There were a few light showers but they were not enough to dampen the night.”

Diners included many people who had benefited from RACQ LifeFlight’s life-saving flights and medical transfers plus their family members and supporters.

Tina Torrens, from Torkit Business Solutions, prepared a short video (see below) of interviews with survivors.

“The film by Tina was awesome,” Ralph said.’

“Halfway through, a LifeFlight chopper went straight overhead. It gave me goosebumps. The coincidence and the timing was just phenomenal.”

Profits from the evening will be passed on to the LifeFlight Foundation.

Mischa Clarkson, from the LifeFlight Foundation, with Camp Oven Under The Stars committee member Lorraine Keenan (Kingaroy Scouts) and Cr Danita Potter … the trio was looking after the gate
Ray Patroni, from Kingaroy, with local MP Deb Frecklington and her husband Jason, and Amy Mayer, Kingaroy … Ray is another grateful LifeFlight passenger

Cr Gavin Jones and his wife Wendy were enjoying a night out under the stars

Kingaroy and Kingaroy Twilight QCWA clubs served up the tucker … from left, Jan Trace and Lois Thurecht
South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt with his wife Nicola
LifeFlight volunteers Arthur Hall and Geoff Clements travelled from the Sunshine Coast to help out on the night … they are pictured with Kay and Ralph Clark … the group was being kept busy at the bar
The neckerchiefs were a nod to the “Survivor” theme of this marquee … from left, Ash Kenny and Dave and Julie Freeman, all from Kingaroy
Robyn Dower and husband Russell were part of the large party “camping” under the Survivors’ marquee
Steve Freeman, Phyllis Biddlestone, Glenda Hoffmann and Roslyn Freeman .. all from Kingaroy
The Sempf Family provided the live music

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A short film was prepared for the night by Tina Torrens, from Torkit Business Solutions: 

[UPDATED with correction]

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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