BOOST: Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery director Mary Findlay presents a cheque to Sugarloaf Rural Fire Brigade's James Massey.
BOOST: Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery director Mary Findlay presents a cheque to Sugarloaf Rural Fire Brigade's James Massey.

Fireys garner support from Brissy band and local gallery

A CALL out of the blue has lead to a tidy sum of money ending up in the hands of rural fireys.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery director Mary Findlay praised the donors, who made their way to Stanthorpe in November for a gallery showcase.

“A random phone call from Edward Suttie, a member of the Brisbane Lateshift Big Band, to the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, resulted in this donation to the Rural Fire Brigade,” Ms Findlay said.

“The gallery runs a Music in the Gallery program and the band offered a free performance. “Entry was by donation and our amazing community donated $1,542.”

The gallery committee pledged to contribute up to $1500 themselves, leading to the rural fireys accepting a cheque to the tune of $3,042.

“People from all over are supporting the community at this difficult time,” Ms Findlay said.

“Again, the gallery received an email from an artist, Rhonda Armistead, who will be exhibiting in January at SRAG.

“Rhonda has kindly donated a lovely work to raffle, called Queensland’s Heritage, consisting of six prints which was highly commended in a recent show.

“All proceeds will go towards drought relief.

“A big thanks to all these kind people and businesses for their much needed help.”