Beaudesert Bowls Club chips in to buy portable dam unit for rural firies

FOR FIRIES: Terry Watkins receives a donation from Mick Richardson at Beaudesert Bowls Club. Photo: Supplied

FOR FIRIES: Terry Watkins receives a donation from Mick Richardson at Beaudesert Bowls Club. Photo: Supplied

RURAL Fire Service volunteers received a much needed boost today when Beaudesert Bowls Club handed over a cheque for $2350.

Beaudesert Rural Fire Brigade group officer Terry Watkins said the funds were gratefully appreciated and would go towards building a fully self-contained portable dam unit to provide firefighters with water in areas where there are no natural waterways.

"We successfully applied for a grant for 7500 collar tank (portable tank) and with donations received we can now build a trailer with pumps and hoses, which costs between $5000 and $10,000," he said.

Club president Doug Ward said the funds were from their last competition day before COVID-19 shut them down.

"It was just when the COVID-19 restrictions were happening, so a lot of people stayed away because of that," he said.

"We had about 23 teams on the Sunday and that night it was made official that we had to close everything down.

Club members Mick and Karen Richardson organised the fundraiser in the weeks before the event, which aimed to support the Rural Fire Service.

Mr Richardson said thanks to local businesses donating prizes, the club had 53 raffles on the day, with Canungra Bowls Club also chipping in a couple of raffle prizes.

"I cannot speak highly enough of businesses in Beaudesert, only one place said no and everyone else was keen to help," he said.

"It was an absolutely awesome day, pity we had it at that time but even though most of the people there were locals everyone dug deep and bought at least $5 to $10 worth of raffle tickets each.

"It was a really good day with really great food, cooked by Karen and her mate- I reckon we had enough food to feed about 150 people and if anyone went home hungry it was their own fault."

Mr Richardson said he was looking forward to things getting back to normal so the club could host planned fundraisers to support prostate cancer research and a charity that provides assistance dogs for people with autism.

Major Contributors to the day were Franklins Constructions, Inghams Chickens, Heits Meats, Coles Distribution Centre and Hartners Engineering.