Kingaroy Rotary Club's Kerry Heit, Vince Evans, Gerad Faulkmer, and David Black cook up a storm for a good cause.
Kingaroy Rotary Club's Kerry Heit, Vince Evans, Gerad Faulkmer, and David Black cook up a storm for a good cause. Madeline Grace

Sizzling way to raise funds and awareness about autism

MORE than 250 people bought lunch to support the South Burnett Autism Support Group at the Kingaroy Town Hall yesterday.

April is World Autism Month, so it only seemed fitting for the South Burnett Autism Support Group to host an event.

The group fired up the barbecue with help from the Kingaroy Rotary Club to raise funds and awareness.

From 11.30am to 2pm, South Burnett residents enjoyed either a burger, a sausage in bread, or some fudge for a worthy cause.

Ray Pitts, president of the Kingaroy Rotary Club, said his club had been supporting the South Burnett Autism Support Group for a few years.

Cooking up a storm; Kingaroy Rotary Club President Ray Pitts.
Kingaroy Rotary Club president Ray Pitts. Madeline Grace

"We just do what we can,” he said.

"It's for a good cause and we have a good time helping out.

"Cooking up a barbecue with my mates always makes for a good day, especially when the community gets behind it.”

Swickers, the South Burnett Regional Council, and the South Burnett Times sponsored the event.

South Burnett Autism Support Group founder Jenny Lutz said everyone's involvement, time, and sponsorship meant a lot to her and the group's members.

"This group really does mean everything to us, especially to the kids,” Ms Lutz said.

"You see they're all each other's best friends, so it's really great that we are able to raise money to continue supporting them.

"It's also just as much for the parents because they need support too.”

Most of the South Burnett Autism Support Group kids were at the barbecue, playing in the sun and enjoying the sausage sizzle.

There was a sensory activity board set up for the kids to play with that had audio and visual features.

The South Burnett Autism Group playing with their Sensory Activity Board; Talias Lindebergs, Andreas Lindebergs, John Wicks, Ryan Palmer, and Isla Palmer.
Talias Lindebergs, Andreas Lindebergs, John Wicks, Ryan Palmer, and Isla Palmer play with the sensory activity board at the sausage sizzle. Madeline Grace

"Many special needs children see the world with their fingertips. They learn best through doing and feeling activities,” a sign near the activity board explained.

"This fun activity is to encourage hand-eye coordination and help your child get used to the feeling of different objects while making them more comfortable with touching, seeing and hearing different objects.”

There was also a raffle, and fudge for sale made by the Sister Bake Co.

All funds raised on the day went to the South Burnett Autism Support Group.