Farmers Gala Dinner to support rural mental health

Passionate: Farmers Gala Dinner Chariman Clem Schubert and committee member Gwen Schubert have been working hard on the dinner.
Passionate: Farmers Gala Dinner Chariman Clem Schubert and committee member Gwen Schubert have been working hard on the dinner.

Five years on from ‘The Year of the Farmer’, a group of passionate and dedicated people have come together to recreate the region’s main event and host the Farmers Gala Dinner.

Passionate: Farmers Gala Dinner Chariman Clem Schubert and committee member Gwen Schubert have been working hard on the dinner.

Passionate: Farmers Gala Dinner Chariman Clem Schubert and committee member Gwen Schubert have been working hard on the dinner.

This has followed from extensive positive feedback from The Year of the Farmer dinner and requests for another one.

All funds raised will go towards local rural mental health organisations.

The Farmers Gala Dinner Chairman Clem Schubert said it was important that the money stays local.

“The funds will come from the local community so they should stay in the local community,” he said.

“What we are really about is raising funds and awareness that the help is out there and it is okay to ask for it.”

The group of 11 committee members are all working tirelessly toward the same goal.

“If we can help at least some people and save some people, then that’s a win,” Mr Schubert said,

Over the years, the farming business has become increasingly stressful with added pressures along the way.

As rural towns become smaller, the opportunity for social interaction has become less frequent and there are not as many places to go.

“There’s more and more pressure and no place for a social outlet,” Mr Schubert said.

The semi-formal dinner is an opportunity for people to have a night out and connect with others.

Committee member Gwen Schubert said the group has been working hard to make it a different and special night.

“The committee is made up of people from various agricultural industries, we have chicken farmers, dairy farmer, highland farmers and shearers,” she said.

Mark Aiston will be guest speaking and attendees will be treated to drinks, a three course meal, raffles, auctions and entertainment.

The group has worked together with local businesses that support farmers and farmers that support the businesses and have also gained Suncorp Agribusiness as a major sponsor.

  • Details: Saturday March 25 at the Tailem Bend Town Hall. Tickets $75 available at Elders Murray Bridge.