Mates of Marysville Fundraising Cocktail Party

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  • Location: The Plantation, Cooroy 4563 Queensland

Please find below your invitation to the "Mates of Marysville" Fundraising Cocktail Party to raise funds for the residents of Marysville who have lost so much to the recent bushfire disaster. The Cocktail Party is to be held at The Plantation in Cooroy on Wednesday 25th February from 6pm. Purchase your tickets by calling The Plantation on 5447 6177 or emailing (visa, mastercard and amex accepted).

Please also distribute this invitation to as many friends, suppliers and contacts who may be able to either attend this night or support the fundraising with a cash donation or prize to be auctioned or raffled on the evening. Given the short lead time and the desperate need of the people of Marysville, we ask for your support in distributing this invitation to as many potential supporters as soon as possible. Prizes for the Cocktail Party can be directed to Veronica Ross at The Plantation on (07) 5447 6177, noting the company name, retail value of the prize and a contact name and phone number for prize redemption. Prize vouchers should be provided no later than Friday, 20th February.

Downloadable: 'Mates of Marysville Fundraising Cocktail Party' Flyer

The night is shaping up to be a major event and with your help, we can make a considerable contribution to this very worthwhile cause.

Cash donations to the "Mates of Marysville" can be contributed by way of direct deposit to:
Bendigo Bank
"Mates of Marysville"
BSB: 633 000
Acct No. 136 239 563

Please note that all donations are fully tax deductible.


A "Mates of Marysville" fund has been set up to raise money to help bolster the community spirit in Marysville. The funds raised will go towards setting up a new catering van for the Lions Club of Marysville so they can use it to help establish a centre to re-unite the community. It will provide somewhere for mums, dads, mates and kids to gather, to laugh, to cry and to plan for the future. Mates of Marysville are hoping to raise enough funds and donations to purchase a catering van and fully equip it with catering equipment including electrical appliances, tables, chairs and pop-up marquees.

The communities of Marysville, Buxton and Nabethong have been decimated by the Victorian fires. The township of Marysville (about the same size as Cooroy) has been completely destroyed with nothing left. Many fine members of the community died trying to protect their properties. In many cases their children (our futures) died alongside their mothers while their fathers were fighting to save other properties. Those who survived have nothing of their own since even the clothes on their backs have been changed to donated clothes and those of them that have homes to return to are not permitted to do so as the area is a declared crime zone. Their sense of self worth has been taken from them in such a violent manner. Their community has been taken from them. No schools, police station, shops, pub - it's all gone.

Marysville is a small community much like many of our small hinterland communities on the Sunshine Coast. The town and homes have been decimated by the fires and the rebuilding effort will not only involve the rebuilding of homes and buildings but the bolstering of the community spirit that holds small country towns together. In times of crisis and times of celebration the Marysville Lions club is one group that has always been there for their local community.

Cooroy businessman, Gayne Emblin has set up the fund in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Cr Lew Brennan and Cooroy local, Carron Logue. "My parents, Jan and Bob retired some years ago to the Buxton / Marysville area which is a rural area located in the sub Alpine region of Victoria. My parents were welcomed by the local communities as only country folk can. My parents raised their three sons to be active members of their communities, so true to their word they soon became engaged in their new community. Jan is the President of the Marysville Lions Club. Bob actively works with the local police in mentoring programs for the local children, is the president of the golf club and is a member of the Marysville Lions Club. They both work on the Australia day and Anzac day committees and provide much need assistance to many additional local community organizations.

"Thankfully, my parents lives have not been lost. But sadly three of the Marysville Lions Club members have been lost and others are still missing. And we lost a cousin trying to protect his home in Kinglake. Their stories are not unique. Their entire community is at a loss and the "Mates of Marysville" fund has given them a sense of purpose and some hope for their future. They are already making plans about rebuilding their shattered community and the community spirit of the town is all they have left that is truly their own," explained Gayne Emblin.

A bank account for "Mates of Marysville" has been set up at the Cooroy Bendigo Bank. If you are able to make a donation the bank account details are: BSB -- 633000, Account - 136239563. If your business has product that can be donated (eg crockery, cutlery, pop up marquee) that could be utilised in fitting out the van please contact Gayne Emblin directly on 5472 2501 (during business hours), mobile 0400 221 859, or email

Cooroy Chamber of Commerce :
PO Box 13, Cooroy
0403 023 802
Cooroy Chamber of Commerce

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The Plantation, Cooroy

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