DROUGHT ANGELS: Organisers Jenny Gailey, Kylee Lyon, Carissa Liddle and Natasha Johnson at the Stockman's Stampede Ball held by Chinchilla charity Drought Angels on Saturday.
DROUGHT ANGELS: Organisers Jenny Gailey, Kylee Lyon, Carissa Liddle and Natasha Johnson at the Stockman's Stampede Ball held by Chinchilla charity Drought Angels on Saturday. Madison Watt

$20K raised for farmers in need

MORE than $20,000 has been raised by Chinchilla charity Drought Angels to bring relief to drought stricken farmers across the region.

Last Saturday night marked the group's first Stockman's Stampede Ball, aimed at raising funds and awareness of the plight our farmers.

Drought Angels event coordinator Carissa Little said the event was a huge success, with 180 guests attending the night which was full of raffles, good food, and lively dancing.

"We had a lot going on, on the night, we had a multi-draw raffle, a silent auction and a live auction,” she said.

"The band were absolutely amazing, they got everyone from their tables dancing on the dance floor, and the caterers managed to pull off absolutely amazing food.”

Guests were asked to wear some form of green to show support to farmers currently fighting against land clearing laws introduced by the state government earlier this year. "We had the whole theme of to have a splash of green and I don't think there was one person who didn't try and put some green on themselves which was wonderful for the farmers,” Ms Little said.

The event not only raised funds, but sought to share the stories of farmers and their experiences.

"Our guest speaker Kylie Douglas, she really gave the crowd an amazing speech to listen to,” Ms Little said.

"It really gave our guests an insight as to what happens to a farm going through a drought and she put some humour to it.”

"There was 19 tables all labelled where the drought had been affected and we had baked beans on the table to show people what these farmers go through in addition to raising funds.

Ms Little said though the total amount raised was yet to be finalised, the $20,000 goal was easily reached and will go straight towards supporting farming families across Queensland.

"The money will now go to stock feed for farmers, it'll go to prepaid visas, special care packs and possibly towards some drought runs so we can get on the road to help the farmers,”

"I feel proud in what we do as an organisation to be able to put on such a successful event, raise the funds and for it to go directly to these hard working farmers.”

Ms Little said the Drought Angels were planning to hold another ball and were hoping to lock in a date for next year soon.

"We're hoping to make it an annual event for us and keep getting the word out and keep helping these farmers.”


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