Boot- scootin’ Boomers give back to LifeFlight
Toowoomba business, Boomer Bullbars will bring together some of Australia’s best country music performers to help raise money for the LifeFlight Foundation at the LifeFlight Music Muster and Family Fun Day this Saturday at Brothers Oval.
Having been long-time supporters of LifeFlight, Boomer Bullbars were encouraged to branch out and host their own event after running a number of successful raffles for the charity.
It’s been a passion project for owner, Will Tester and his daughter Donna who have seen the event grow bigger and better each year.
“It’s our third time running the show. We’d always done raffles for LifeFlight but when one of the volunteers suggested we do a Ute show, Dad said, ‘Let’s turn this into something bigger’,” said Donna.
Some of country music’s best names have been picked to headline the show, including Troy Kemp, Brook Chivell, Natalie Pearson and Mark Shay, with every star eager to get behind the worthwhile cause.
“When I was speaking to Troy Kemp about the gig he was more than happy to help. They’re musos and are on the road constantly, they know one day they could need LifeFlight,” she said.
“Everyone involved in the event is giving back, we’ve had the whole community rally behind us.”
It’s not been without its challenges - with Will and Donna running a full-time business and event-planning on the side – but Donna says it’s all worth it.
“We’re 200 metres from the airport and can see LifeFlight flying over us. When you see the helicopter, you see your donations flying.
“When people look up and see the chopper, the looks on their faces make it all worth it.”
It’s the personal stories shared with Donna and Will which remind them why they continue this labour of love.
“At one of the events a few years ago we had a young boy come up to us and put a gold coin in our donation box, his mother said he wouldn’t be here without LifeFlight because he was born as a premature baby.”
More than $26,000 has been raised for the LifeFlight Foundation over the past two events.
Amy Luhrs, South-West Community Engagement for the LifeFlight Foundation said the support from Boomer Bullbars and other members of the community make a real difference to saving lives.
“The support from community events like the Music Muster are what keep our Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue choppers flying,” she said.
“The money raised at this event will help save more lives in the south-west and ensure our critical, lifesaving service is around for future generations.”
Over $10,000 worth of prizes have been donated - including a John Deer tractor – which will be raffled and auctioned on the day.
The LifeFlight Music Muster and Family Fun Day will take place at Brothers Rugby League Oval, Toowoomba, this Saturday the 3rd of March with gates opening at 12pm.
Tickets will be available at the gate for $5 each.
2017 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,344 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation
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