Guests at the Rotary Club of Eumundi's annual Katie Rose Cottage fundraiser Long Lunch. Credit: Peter Syson
Guests at the Rotary Club of Eumundi's annual Katie Rose Cottage fundraiser Long Lunch. Credit: Peter Syson

Shake, rattle and roll for Katie Rose cause

IT WAS long, raucous and outright fun when the Rotary Club of Eumundi held it's annual Long Lunch in aid of the Katie Rose Cottage.

Rocking and rolling through the music of Rock N Roll Boys and Elvis tribute artist Mark Andrews, 300 guests, many of them dressed in their themed gear, put their hands in their pockets for this great cause.

Club president Tania Broadbent said the function was organised an incredibly motivated volunteer team supported by the Katie Rose Cottage, the Rural Fire Brigade and local high-school students who helped serve the food.

This is the club's fifth and best year fundraising for the self-funded hospice. It will have raised just over $20,000 from the Long Lunch.

"They have no government funding," Ms Broadbent said. "They are relying solely on community donations. I think that the work that they do is just so important to the community. It's an area that a lot of people don't want to talk about, but it affects all of us in the end."

The Hospic currently has three beds with 24 hour care and plans to have a fourth bed by the end of this year.

The club, which has only 37 members of about which about 75 per cent are aged over 60, runs several fundraising events during the year including a High Tea to raise funds for a women's health initative and a water project in Papua New Guinea. In November, the Melbourne Cup lunch raised $1000 for the Riding for the Disabled.

"The date for next year's Long Lunch is March 22," Ms Broadbent said. The theme is yet to be agreed. It could be something as fabulous as ABBA, but she says "stay tuned" for the committee decision.


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