START YOUR ENGINES: Competitors at the Maidenwell Chainsaw Race competition in Maidenwell.
START YOUR ENGINES: Competitors at the Maidenwell Chainsaw Race competition in Maidenwell. Contributed

Chainsaw event yet again 'saves a life'

SOUTH Burnett residents are a big-hearted bunch.

You don't have to look far to see the effects the lack of water has had on our region.

But regardless of our own struggles, we always go out of our way to help others.

And so it was at this year's Maidenwell Chainsaw Racing events held over the weekend.

Hosted by the Maidenwell Community Group, the goal of the event each year is to 'save a life' through their donations to LifeFlight.

LifeFlight Fundraising Coordinator, Mandy Hentschel was blown away by the generosity of South Burnett people.

"The thing that has hit us the most is just how dry it is," she said.

"These people are struggling and yet they have raised $15,000.

"That's what blew my mind."

The significant total raised was a combination of the chainsaw racing event and a fundraising dinner attended by 190 guests.

Ms Hentschel said the stand out for her was the chainsaw competitors.

"They are so very generous and down-to-earth," she said.

She was also envious of the women in the Jack and Jill competition.

"These girls know how to swing a sledgehammer," she said.

"I've been hitting the gym, so maybe I could do it."