The Eurobodalla has turned out to raise more than $30,000 for drought-affected local farmers and those in the region’s sister shire – Cobar.
More than 450 people came along to Eurobodalla Raindance events at Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma on Friday night (November 23) to raise the funds.
Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says the events were a beautiful example of community collaboration.
“When it comes to supporting people in need, the Eurobodalla community never disappoints,” she said.
Council says, preliminary tallies indicate charity auctions earned more than $22,000 across the three events, with proceeds from the raffle and ticket sales are yet to be finalised. Council estimates more than $30,000 was raised overall.
Cr Innes says how the funds will be distributed between local farmers and Eurobodalla’s sister shire, Cobar is still to be confirmed.
“The Eurobodalla Raindance was not just about raising money, it was also about bringing our community together and letting our farmers know we’re thinking of them.
“It was an incredible night of wonderful community spirit and I’d like to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the community for supporting the cause, including the more than 100 business who generously donated items and services for the night.”
On stage, Raindance was led by the well-loved Wilbur Wilde, Frankie J Holden and Josh Cunningham of the Waifs, who donated all their services, working with event promoter David White to put on a great show.
Cobar Mayor, Lilliane Brady, made a special effort to attend the Moruya and Narooma Raindances concerts, her first time to the Eurobodalla.
Cr Brady is the longest serving female Mayor in NSW, “and at 87, it was a privilege to have her come along,” Cr Innes says.
Cr Brady says she was moved by the love and dedication she witnessed
“It’s been overwhelming and on behalf of the community and the graziers of Cobar we can’t thank you enough,” she says.
“Out of any devastation comes wonderful friendships and we’ve certainly made that here.”