Iconic B&S revival raises vital funds for LifeFlight
In an impressive comeback, the Taroom Bachelor and Spinsters (B&S) Ball has raised $40,000 for the LifeFlight Foundation after an almost 20 year hiatus.
Organisers and passionate committee members, sisters Jane and Lucy Ziesemer visited the Toowoomba base to present the cheque donation and see first-hand how their support saves lives.
Inspired by their parents’ stories, Taroom’s ‘next generation’ – spearheaded by the Ziesemer sisters –decided to revive the 1980s classic and host their own B&S last month (March 3).
“We’d heard a heap of stories from our parents back in the day, from their time going to B&S’s around Western Queensland,” said Jane.
“They reminded us how they were good old-fashioned fun; always very classy and filled with plenty of stories.”
The rural and close-knit community were quick to jump on-board, showing the same enthusiasm for the B&S as their iconic race days.
“We thought it would be a good idea to bring back into the community because there’s not that much out there except the races.
“We thought it would be a great idea to get back on the map and get people to Taroom.”
More than 500 tickets were sold and funds were raised through a combination of drink and ticket sales.
Ms Ziesemer said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue was a service every local could get behind.
“With Taroom being so rural and with larger medical support quite far away, I think having aeromedical services which we can rely on is crucial for us.
“In a rural community, there are always people and families who need LifeFlight.”
Amy Luhrs, Fundraising Coordinator for the LifeFlight Foundation met the Ziesemer sisters at the Toowoomba base and thanked them for their support, touring them around the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter which has helped save so many lives in the region.
“It’s great to see the Taroom B&S make such a wonderful comeback and raise $40,000 for the LifeFlight Foundation in its first year,” said Ms Luhrs.
“LifeFlight is there to protect Queenslanders who may be hundreds of kilometres from medical care, a tyranny of distance many in the Taroom community have felt.
“The money raised at this year’s event will go back into the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to help us bring emergency aeromedical care to everyone living in south-west Queensland.”
Last year the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew 606 lifesaving missions across the Darling Downs.
The Ziesemer sisters said they had plans to make the B&S an annual black-tie event for Taroom.
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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