Thursday, November 16, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

One Weekend Of Music: $8K Raised For Tiny Homes Project

The Tiny Homes Project is now $8K closer to its ambitious target of $700 thousand thanks to the Airlie Beach Festival of Music and their dedicated fundraising efforts over the weekend.

Leading up to the event, a beautiful portrait of Matty Rogers donated by local highly acclaimed artist, Lee-Anne Burrows, was auctioned.

A total of $2,830 was raised through the efforts of volunteers and public sales through Matty’s fan base and through electronic media.

Fiona Donnellan, Fundraiser for Tiny Homes Project at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music said she was absolutely ecstatic about the money raised by community support leading up to and at the 2023 event.

She would also like to thank volunteers who worked tirelessly this week for the cause.

“The winner of the Matty Rogers painting is Rhys Conroy,” she said.

“It was a superb result, and we are so thankful to artist Lee-Anne Burrows for painting this masterpiece to raise money for the Tiny Homes Project to build for homeless women 55 and over in the Whitsundays.  

“Lee-Anne is a woman with deep compassion for the underprivileged and her compassion comes through in this artwork.

“Matty Rogers has publicly endorsed her work as meaningful to him.    

“Homelessness for this age group and particularly for women, is the major statistic not only in the Whitsundays but Australia wide. That is why we, as a group, are volunteering to make a difference in our community to set an example for others to follow.”

For the past few years, several events and a range of other dedicated fundraising efforts have been taking place thanks to the volunteers of The Tiny Homes Project.

All funds raised are going towards building four tiny homes in Proserpine on land donated by Council.

These homes will be allocated to homeless women over 55 years of age.

During the Airlie Beach Festival of Music weekend, fundraising for the Tiny Homes Project continued with the auction of a guitar personally signed by all the headlining acts.

“We also had the opportunity, as preferred charity for the event, to raffle the annual guitar signed by all of the headliners on the main stage performing at the Festival on the final day of the event,” said Fiona.

“We are thankful and honoured to announce the winner of this historic prize is the very community minded business, Powered by Murphy whose successful bid was $6,000.”

This brought the total up to $8,830, a wonderful achievement, congratulations to all involved.

Rhys Conroy won the portrait of Matty Rogers which was painted by Lee-Anne Burrows. Photo supplied

The guitar was signed by all the headlining acts at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music. Photo supplied

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