Stand 'Shoulder to Shoulder' with the community tonight
AFTER a week of tragic road fatalities, it's important to keep in touch with the community and see how everyone is doing.
That's why this afternoon, June 3, we want to remind you that the South Burnett community is gathering to pay respects to those who have lost their lives in the recent road tolls and show support for the members of the community affected.
The event named 'Shoulder to Shoulder', created by the community and supported by Red Earth, BIEDO, Rural and Remote Mental Health, South Burnett Ministries and the South Burnett Regional Council.
Regional leaders such as South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell and Nanango MP Deb Frecklington will be attending the event at The Commercial Hotel this afternoon.
According to Kathryn Stevens, the event coordinator, many community members were either directly involved in the recent fatal crashes or knew someone who was.
"There are many members of our community who've been asked to perform incredibly difficult jobs in very challenging circumstances,” Ms Stevens said.
"This event is an opportunity to unite together with our region's carers and first responders, show our appreciation for their extraordinary efforts and make sure we're all doing okay.”
As well as community support, grazing platters and drinks on sale at the bar, there will also be support agencies at the event to support those attending and help raise awareness to the available local health and well-being services.
BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm believes connectedness is vital in these challenging times.
"Community spirit always shines through when it's most needed and now, more than ever, it's important for us all to connect with each other,” Ms Frahm said.
Michael Monk, marketing manager at The Commercial Hotel and station coordinator at Cherbourg's community radio 94.1FM, is also helping to organise the event and would like to see many people come along from 5pm this afternoon.
"The care and concern being shown in our community is remarkable and we feel strongly that keeping connected with others at times like these is important,” Mr Monk said.