Rain halts drought charity fund raiser

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A BRISBANE charity motorcycle ride raising money for drought relief has been cancelled this weekend, ironically because of the rain.

44mm fell on Friday night around the Oakey region, west of Toowoomba, where the Ride Against Drought was due to end on Saturday.

Organiser Mark Hinchcliffe said the insurance policy for the event meant it had to be postponed thanks to the wet weather.

“It’s Murphy’s Law isn’t it? If it had been drought-ending rainfall I could have claimed I was the one responsible for it!” he laughed.

Mr Hinchcliffe said despite the downpour the region is still struggling with serious drought conditions.

“I’ve never seen the (Darling) Downs ever looking so bad, it’s not just dry, it’s barren.”

“There are children in Charleville who haven’t ever experienced a significant rain event in their lifetime … some areas haven’t seen major rain since the floods in 2010,” he said.

The fundraiser will be rescheduled for October 27 with around 2000 people from Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coast expected to attend the family-friendly ride.

It’s hoped this event will spark others in more capital cities.

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