HAVE A BALL: In 2017 Scott Mclennan, from the Lady Bjelke Petersen Hospital Foundation accepted a cheque from the Kingaroy CWA ladies and the Mayor's Charity Ball.
HAVE A BALL: In 2017 Scott Mclennan, from the Lady Bjelke Petersen Hospital Foundation accepted a cheque from the Kingaroy CWA ladies and the Mayor's Charity Ball. Michael Nolan

Fundraiser to support the next generation of leaders

THE Red Earth Foundation will be the beneficiary of money raised at the 2019 South Burnett Mayor's Charity Ball.

Mayor Keith Campbell said the Red Earth Foundation had a broad approach to improving life in the South Burnett.

"The one that I'm particularly interested in is the development of our future leaders within the region,” Cr Campbell said.

"I see this as being a significant contribution investing in the future growth and develop of the leaders of the future.”

The biennial ball donated about $55,000 to the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Hospital Foundation in 2017.

This money was used to buy medical equipment to expand the range of services offered at the hospital.

Cr Campbell said the Mayor's Charity Ball routinely injected much needed funding into local organisations.

"The reason why we have named the Red Earth Foundation is to invest in a project that would serve the interests of community for the long term,” he said.

Red Earth Foundation was set up in 2013 to support young people living in the region and to encourage creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership.

It is primarily supported through government grants and philanthropic donations.

The foundation offers annual bursaries through the Barambah Branch of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network that can been spent on training and education.

Its leadership program draws in people from business, industry and community groups and gives them the tools and skills to move their organisations forward.