MP Purdie snags fundraising trailer from Lions for community use

A cheque for $5,400 was handed over by Ninderry MP Dan Purdie to Coolum Lions representative Doug Alford for the Lions’ purpose-built BBQ trailer. The Lions no longer had a need for the trailer and Mr Purdie will be making the fundraising trailer available to other community groups to hire out for their own fundraising needs. Photo: Contributed  

A PURPOSE-BUILT barbeque trailer designed for community use has been given a new lease of life, after changing hands recently and local community groups who may not have the ability to own their own BBQ trailer will now have the ability to hire the fundraising trailer from Ninderry MP Dan Purdie.  

Mr Purdie purchased the trailer from Coolum Lions in order to continue to be able to offer it as a community resource for fundraising purposes. 

Mr Purdie knew it was too good to pass up.  

“When Coolum Lions advertised the trailer, I jumped on it!” 

“I know how much money and time the Lions have invested over the years to maintain it for the benefit of the community, and how important it was for them to see it continue to be used in the same manner,” Mr Purdie said. 

Dan said he was looking forward to making it available for community groups for fundraising or other purposes. 

“It’s been very cleverly designed for a multitude of uses, from barbeques, coffee, food and beverages, information stalls – just about anything.” 

Coolum Lions President Doug Alford said although they no longer had a use for the trailer, it was important it remained a community asset. 

“Dan has demonstrated his passion over many years in supporting and developing local community groups and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated local MP,” Mr Alford said. 

Mr Alford said Coolum Lions had a very successful financial year (2022/23), donating $62,258 to local sporting and community groups but like most community groups, new volunteers were always welcomed.  

“If you can spare an hour and a half each month, then you can also help support our local community – just get in touch to find out more.” 

Mr Purdie said the BBQ trailer will be available for the community in coming weeks, featuring a portable BBQ, plenty of storage for equipment, a 110-litre esky, lighting and power outlet. 

If you would like to volunteer with Coolum Lions please contact Lion Doug on 0413 019 078. 

For more information on hiring the BBQ trailer please call Mr Purdie’s electorate office on 5406 7900.   

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