WITH drought conditions continuing throughout the state, the Gunnedah community is set to come together and throw their support behind local farmers with fundraising efforts over the weekend.
The first of the two community fundraising events will see Gunnedah’s Courthouse Hotel play host to an evening of entertainment on Friday night including live bands and a charity auction.
Saturday will see the efforts continue with a family market day at Wolesley Oval with all funds raised going to the Rotary Club of Gunnedah 2380’s drought relief fund.
As well as handling and distributing donations, the Rotary district of 9650, which incorporates areas such as Tamworth, Gunnedah and Armidale, has vowed to match all of the donations received up to $25,000.
Event co-ordinator, William Price, told the Namoi Valley Independent support for the events has come flooding in.
“Businesses from far and wide have come together to support this thing,” Mr Price said.
“From donations for the charity auction, to sponsorship of the event itself, a variety of businesses have thrown their support behind the event.”
Mr Price said he had been overwhelmed by the support of the Gunnedah community.
“Seriously mate, the support has been incredible,” he said.
“I’m over the moon.
“Originally when I began planning for these events, I wasn’t too sure what it would look like, but everyone has been so keen to get behind it.
“We have so many donations for the auction, and with the live music it’s shaping up to be a great night.
“Now it’s about getting people there.”
As well as the fundraising event on Friday night, Mr Price said the community market day also promised to be a big event.
“At this stage we have about 15-to-20 stalls lined up for the market day,” he said.
“There should be something there for the whole family, which will be great.”
Friday night’s fundraising event will kick off at the Courthouse Hotel from 7pm, while the community market day will run from 12pm on Saturday at Wolseley Park.