News

Keeping water up to firies

Brothers Leagues Club general manager Mark Hennelly presents another two pallets of bottled water to local rural fire brigades while senior Ripley Rural Fire Brigade fire fighter Brian Evans (left) looks on.
Brothers Leagues Club general manager Mark Hennelly presents another two pallets of bottled water to local rural fire brigades while senior Ripley Rural Fire Brigade fire fighter Brian Evans (left) looks on. Rob Williams

YOU'D think water would be the one thing firefighters would never have any trouble getting hold of.

For a long time, that wasn't necessarily the case for Ipswich's rural brigades, who used to spend thousands of dollars each year to supply volunteers with drinking water while on the job.

Things changed for the better about five years ago, thanks to a chance meeting on the middle of a football field between long-serving Ripley Valley firefighter Brian Evans and Brothers Leagues Club manager Mark Hennelly.

It was during a masters game between Brothers and Norths that Mr Evans told Mr Hennelly about the plight of the local firies in trying to fundraise to cover the costs of the endless expenses incurred by the region's rural firefighters.

"We used to pay $7 per carton - but that's just the drinking water," Mr Evans said.

"After the footy game I approached Mark with a sheet of all the things that we had to pay for ourselves.

"He told me he'd go back to his board and see what they could do to help."

Luckily for the firies, Mr Hennelly and his fellow Brothers board members were able to strike up a deal with soft drink and water supplier Schweppes.

The company agreed to match any offer made by the Brothers Club, which resulted in a significant contribution of bottled water to the Ipswich brigades each year.

In the five years that the donations have been running, Mr Evans estimates that Brothers and Schweppes have saved fire brigades thousands of dollars.

The latest consignment of 100 cartons of water was delivered this week.

Mr Hennelly was initially shocked to hear how much fundraising was required to keep the Ipswich rural brigades going.

"We buy large amounts of water and soft drink and I just thought at the time that it was something we could easily accommodate," Mr Hennelly said.

"It was good of Schweppes to get involved and we are all pleased that we can help because rural firies do a great job - not only with fires, but various other emergency situations."

Topics:  brothers leagues club, drinking water, firefighters, firies, fundraiser, ipswich, volunteers, water



Top award winner appreciates valuable help

Ipswich Knights Player of the Year Lucas Wilson with team physio Shingo Sakai.

Physio keeps Knights player on the field

Car collides with police vehicle while on the run

The Queensland Police Polair 2 helicopter, which will begin operations from July 5, 2014.

Polair has been called in again after a driver evaded police.

LETTER: Time to give Muslims a fair go in our letters

Muslim Woman pray and Beautiful background.

I am at a loss to understand how Muslims are holding us ransom

Local Partners

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Michael Palin: Terry Jones dementia is 'painful' to see

Michael Palin has found Terry Jones' decline "painful to watch"

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual