Dance for Pappinbarra on Saturday night

The Footprints in Ag committee at their last dance Dance for Drought.
The Footprints in Ag committee at their last dance Dance for Drought.

FOOTPRINTS in Ag will host Dance for Pappinbarra this Saturday, March 25 at the Wauchope Showground. 

Footprints in Ag is an agricultural youth group initiative that aims to support local agricultural show movements and the community. 

There has been a huge response to the group’s event, with very few tickets remaining. 

Money raised from the dance will go towards the Pappinbarra Progress Association’s Rebuild Pappinbarra Campaign.

The night will feature live music, a live auction (with items generously donated by local businesses) and a two course meal provided by the Wauchope Show Society Ladies Auxiliary.

The Footprints in Ag committee are passionate about the work of Rebuild Pappinbarra Campaign. 

Vice president of Footprints in Ag Andrew Carroll is a firefighter and deputy captain at Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW). 

He attended the fires in Pappinbarra and said: “I have not seen anything like it in the five years I have been with FRNSW”. 

He said conditions were “catastrophic” and firefighters were unable to contain the fires due to the scorching 50 degrees temperature and hot westerly winds pushing the flames. 

Footprints in Ag committee member Genna Johnson was devastated when she heard people had lost their homes and livestock had been injured in the fires. 

“You never think that something could happen to your local area,” she said.

Wanting to help, Genna put the idea of a dance to the Footprints in Ag committee – who quickly jumped on the idea. 

“As locals we need to lend a helping hand to help rebuild the future of the families who lost everything,” Genna said. 

President of Footprints in Ag Ash Olsen said: “This cause is important to us because it's so close to home”.

“We know that our fundraising efforts will reach those who need it most in our local community,” she said. 

In 2016 Footprints in Ag hosted Dance for Drought, a fundraising event in support of the Australian farming charity Aussie Helpers.

The event was a great success, raising over $10,000 for our nominated charity.

“We hope the Dance for Pappinbarra will be equally as successful,” added Ash.