AS the South Gippsland Dairy Expo committee wrap up from the 2017 event, the Strzelecki Lions Club would like to formally thank their major sponsor Murray Goulburn and gold sponsors; Rabobank, Reid Stockfeeds, Burra Foods, GippsDairy, Dairy Australia and the South Gippsland Shire Council for their support.
The Strzelecki Lions Club has distributed over $500,000 back into the community over the last 20 years and they can’t continue to achieve these important milestones without a dedicated group of people and companies who support their club activities.
What a fantastic year it has been.
The exhibition space at Korumburra was full a month out from the expo with extra inquiries being made right up to the event and the weather in Korumburra was very kind to all, which led to a great couple of days for the exhibitors and farming families to enjoy the atmosphere.
The event attracted 1200 people with 130 companies represented at the event.
“A special thanks this year to Michael’s IGA who were pleased to be able to contribute to the expo by providing more than $1300 worth of goods used for both the breakfast and the general catering prepared by the Poowong Preschool.
“This contribution was facilitated by the Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria Gippsland (RFCSVG) which provides free, confidential and independent financial counselling to primary producers and rural related small businesses across south east Victoria,” said a spokesperson for Strzelecki Lions.
Following the dairy price situation in April 2016 and the ensuing financial hardship this created for many farming families, Michael Lorenz set about promoting the cause once again through IGA’s Community Chest Rewards program.
Points raised were donated as emergency funds for the counsellors of the RFCSVG to distribute directly to farmers and farming families in financial distress.
The message Michael wants to promote to the farming community is that there is assistance available, you can call the RFCSVG on 5662 2566 and make an appointment to see a rural financial counsellor.
There is so many people working in the background of events like this that never get mentioned such as; the A& P Society and the Korumburra Giant Football & Netball Club who go out of their way to deliver keys or to help with any support that the Lions Club need to prepare for the event.
The Korumburra Rotary Club members run the Kids Activity Pavilion and the Poowong Preschool, who quietly all volunteer their time, with lots of work and no fuss to raise money for their community.
This year the South Gippsland Shire Council were working at the Korumburra Showgrounds right up to the event and the coordinator from the shire could not have been more helpful in supporting the Lions Club to ensure the site was ready for the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.
And lastly, large events like this don’t happen without the support of a wonderful community, this covers business owners in town, our local dairy farmers and exhibitors, our many volunteers, the newspapers who all contribute and help make the Dairy Expo a success.
So in closing, the Strzelecki Lions would like to say thanks to all those people and we look forward to some more success in 2018!