Macpherson Kelley raises over $4,000 for the Longreach drought appeal

The current drought conditions in Longreach mean locals are doing it extremely tough at present. Jacen Carpenter, of our Longreach Office, rallied Macpherson Kelley employees together nationwide to raise funds for the people and businesses in need. Damian Paul, Managing Director, pledged to match every dollar raised; giving us a total of over $4000 to donate to the appeal.

Rotary and the Longreach Regional Council set up the drought appeal fund with the aim of making sure these monies were wholly spent in the district.  This means both graziers and businesses are supported during these hard times. Rotary are sourcing all material locally and giving graziers vouchers to spend with local businesses to support the whole community.

A Rotarian himself, it is no wonder that Jacen Carpenter was keen to get behind this great cause and he will have the honour of presenting the monies to the Longreach drought appeal on behalf of Macpherson Kelley nationwide.

In addition to donating to the appeal, a number of representatives from Macpherson Kelley will also be attending a big weekend of fundraising and community support. This kicks off with a concert on Friday, 25 September featuring Paul Kelly, the headline act, along with Troy Casser-Daly and Mick Lindsay.

Saturday is Longreach Race Day and happens to be the 125th anniversary of horse racing in Longreach. A number of chartered flights are coming into Longreach for the weekend to attend the concert and the races; providing a much need cash injection for the local community. Macpherson Kelley is sponsoring the Fashion on the Fields for the 11 to 17 boys and girls age categories and will be presenting prizes on the day.

The Sunday Mail is also holding a drought forum at the Longreach Primary School on the Saturday with Government officials and locals to discuss issues arising from the drought and hopefully to try and find some solutions. This weekend’s edition of the Sunday Mail will also be edited in Longreach, the first time the newspaper has been edited outside of Brisbane.

To round off the festivities, on Wednesday 30 September, the Morning Show (Channel 9) will be broadcasting from Longreach and the Western Queensland Drought Appeal will be officially launched on the show. Channel 9 will be urging tourists to come out to the bush and spend money during the drought to support local businesses.

Macpherson Kelley are proud to be a part of these fundraising efforts and we encourage clients and friends of the firm to dig deep and get behind this cause to support our counterparts in Longreach during this challenging time.