Buy 'em a Beer fundraiser totals still being counted
IT MEANT the world to Emu Park SES member Ed Barrett when the Cap Coast community rallied for a volunteer group that "often goes unnoticed for the work we do".
The SES was among several organisations the community got behind to support in the Buy 'em a Beer events in Yeppoon and Emu Park.
Nonetheless, Ed was grateful that members of the community were acknowledging the work conducted by the volunteers of several community organisations.
"We have to stick together in these events (Cyclone Marcia)," he told the Capricorn Coast Mirror.
"This includes community resilience and helping our neighbours."
Ed has been working in the SES for the past five years.
Meanwhile, organisers of Livingstone Buy 'em a Beer events are crossing their fingers and toes they've raised at least $30,000 for non-paid organisation volunteers.
Yeppoon event co-organiser Roxanne Hinton said a whopping 1500 people filtered into the Yeppoon Showgrounds on Saturday to support the volunteers from SES, rural fire brigade, Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
These volunteers are the men and women who helped the community with the clean-up following Cyclone Marcia last month.
Roxanne said about $7500 was raised from entry fees alone. She said the total raised from the event was yet to be calculated. Money from raffles, stalls, cash donations and other revenues were also being finalised.
The Emu Park event was more of a tight-knit affair with an intimate crowd. Emu Park SES member Ed Barrett said he was overwhelmed by the community support.