Firefighter Les Francis tries out one of the four beds to be donated by Maryborough Artisans while Maryborough Camping World manager Tony Tanner, Maryborough Artisans secretary Lesley Mason, publicity officer Desley Baynes and fire Station area inspector Craig Lovell look on.
Firefighter Les Francis tries out one of the four beds to be donated by Maryborough Artisans while Maryborough Camping World manager Tony Tanner, Maryborough Artisans secretary Lesley Mason, publicity officer Desley Baynes and fire Station area inspector Craig Lovell look on. Robyne Cuerel

Camp beds to be donated to firefighters to use during floods

VISITORS to this year's CraftFest in Maryborough in October will be doing their bit to help local firefighters, who will be able to sleep a little easier if and when Granville floods again.

Each time Maryborough is inundated and the roads in and out are cut, a group of firefighters must remain permanently at Granville, camping out in a community hall.

Maryborough Artisans secretary Lesley Mason said her group learned the officers didn't have enough portable beds and wanted to help them through fundraising efforts.

The Artisans will supply the firefighters with four camping beds so they no longer have to go without a comfortable place to kip when floodwaters rise.

Ms Mason said the group would come up with the money through its annual CraftFest - a three-day event on October 3, 4 and 5.

"This is the sixth year we've been doing CraftFest," she said.

"Each year we've found a different theme or group to assist with any money we make from the event."

She said this year the Maryborough Artisans decided it wanted to reward "resilience".

Not being originally from the area, the group's secretary said she and other members were simply astounded by the dogged determination of the region's people who suffer flooding regularly, but refuse to let it beat them.

Ms Mason said the Maryborough Artisans were also working to help fund a birthing modulator for Maryborough ambulance officers.

She said that without a birthing unit in Maryborough the medics had no way to practise for an unexpected delivery.

Entry to CraftFest is $3 per person with children under 12 free.

All profits will be donated to a local charity or community need.



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