Joanne Newbery and Geoff Lindridge were part of The Shed musicians who provided the live music

December 1, 2023

The annual Mayor’s Christmas Luncheon – an important fundraiser to support local families – was a sellout in Kingaroy on Friday morning.

Long tables laid out in Kingaroy Town Hall were filled with diners who had paid $25 a head to enjoy a Christmas lunch prepared by QCWA volunteers.

They enjoyed cold ham, sliced chicken and salad, plus dessert, with ingredients donated by IGA Kingaroy and Sunpork / Swickers.

Local businesses were also very generous, with 65 raffle prizes donated.

There was even entertainment, live music presented by the musicians from Nanango’s The Shed: Richard Ogden, Joanne Newbery, Greg Hunt, Jane Erkens, Nathan Hartley and Geoff Lindridge.

The lunch was compered by Council CEO Mark Pitt, with Acting Mayor Gavin Jones introducing and thanking the guest speaker, Brent Reeman.

Brent is the founder of “Long Drive For Drought”, an initiative which has raised $413,000 for Drought Angels since 2020.

Brent said the “Long Drive” began as “a bit of a silly idea” after he had finished restoring a 40 Series LandCruiser.

He put out the idea of doing a charity drive with other LandCruisers, and was swamped with responses.

That first “Long Drive” raised $45,000, and he quickly discovered the idea was so successful he could not walk away from it.

The effort not only supports Drought Angels but puts a spotlight on the towns the convoy travels through, boosting tourism opportunities.

Drought Angels – which supports farmers after floods, fires and other natural disasters, too – received another $150,000 from the Long Drive this year.

Brent said more than 130 primary producers in the South Burnett region had received support from Drought Angels.

Money raised at the Mayor’s Christmas Luncheon will be converted into gift cards which will be distributed by local charities. 

UPDATE December 18:  The Mayor’s Community Christmas Luncheon raised $7335.60.

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and his wife Nicola … Mark compered the Christmas lunch
Volunteers from the QCWA worked hard preparing and serving up the meals and desserts
Videographer Charlie Spagalli, from Nanango, and Cr Jane Erkens
Acting Mayor Gavin Jones presented a “thank you” gift to guest speaker Brent Reeman
Former Kingaroy councillor Marie Shaw with her daughter, Cr Danita Potter
Greg Hunt was part of the crew from The Shed who were entertaining on stage
Cr Scott Henschen, at back, with his brother Kevin and sister-in-law Janelle
QCWA volunteers were serving up the lunch goodies
Long tables filled the Kingaroy Town Hall with diners

Ros Heit for South Burnett Division 6
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One Response to "Charity Lunch Fills Town Hall"

  1. Congratulations South Burnett Regional Council and thank you community members for your support and interest.

    Apart from the Christmas significance of this event, which I enjoyed hosting when I was Mayor, the money raised at the Mayor’s Christmas Luncheon recognises the provision of a gift to charity for those who are less fortunate than others.

    It’s a lovely way for the community to show their gratitude and consideration, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.

    I hope the Mayor’s Christmas Luncheon continues during the next term of Council. Thank you to all who contributed.

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