NIGHT OF NIGHTS: Mayor Keith Campbell with his wife Marion Campbell, son Craig Campbell, and Carmen Campbell at the Mayor's Charity Ball.
NIGHT OF NIGHTS: Mayor Keith Campbell with his wife Marion Campbell, son Craig Campbell, and Carmen Campbell at the Mayor's Charity Ball. Madeline Grace

More than $40,000 raised at Mayor's Charity Ball

THE COINS are still being counted, but South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell has revealed more than $40,000 was raised at the Mayor's Charity Ball.

The money will be funnelled into Red Earth Community Foundation's 2019 South Burnett Leadership Training Program.

"I would like the Red Earth Community Foundation to seek out men and women of all ages to join the army of community leaders who undertake the leadership training program," Cr Campbell said.

"(Community leaders) will learn and develop a feeling and sense the benefit of being connected to something really important, more than just self.

"This achieves a mature sense of personal growth in learning and understanding, and contributes to the resilience of the community of which I am proud."

The Red Earth Community Foundation has been running its leadership training program for five years.

Based on the Building Rural Leaders framework, the program offers learning opportunities for South Burnett participants.

The participants must apply, and are then selected by a panel of community representatives.

Leadership training is then delivered as an intensive learning course over three days.

"The leadership program provides a feeling of real connection. That helps the individual to be stronger and resilient in tackling the issues of life," Cr Campbell said.

"It produces skills and confidence to take hold of opportunities, and brings you from a feeling of not being good enough to do a job, into a feeling that well, you don't have to do it alone.

"You are strong and brave enough to put your hand up to be connected to the community and a group of others who are ready to take on the same journey and challenge."

Cr Campbell said the program helped identify individual values as a leader and team member.

"You learn that to be successful you need to listen to other people and value the strengths and points of view of other people's ideas," he said.

"You learn how to work together for the same goal and get your priorities in order.

"Red Earth is a great teacher of valuing community.

"We all make up the community.

"Some areas are from time to time hit with disaster; individuals are left hurting; circumstances in life call on us to work collegiately and purposefully to restore a sense of calm and confidence in the future."