Getting on Board the Fundraising Efforts!

The Mary Valley Rattler and Sunshine Coast Attractions have banded together with an initiative to support fundraising efforts with the fires still blazing in Australia.

Mary Valley Rattler Safety and HR Manager Julia Avis knows all too well the impact that monies raised make in times of natural disasters such as this. “As a volunteer firefighter myself, I know that every dollar counts and we appreciate the assistance of Aussie World, Australia Zoo, Big Kart Track, Sealife Sunshine Coast and The Ginger Factory who jumped onboard without hesitation to support our idea for “The Ultimate Attractions Package.”

Tickets are $50 and include family passes to all the attractions and the inclusion of a Footplate Friends Experience, a recently added Mary Valley Rattler experience where you can have an exclusive journey up front with the volunteer drivers.

Many of the Mary Valley Rattler volunteer team are also active rural fire brigade volunteers.

“I have been an auxiliary firefighter for ten years. To see the devastation of these fire events is heartbreaking.” Mary Valley Rattler Volunteer Russell Baxter stated. “It’s wonderful to see so many fundraising efforts and I am proud to see the Rattler and other tourism businesses assisting in this way. “ Russell said.

“As a business we had already planned an initiative in June around one of our twilight train events to thank volunteer firefighters but we felt we needed to do something now as well to assist in raising much needed funds at this point. We appreciate there are lots of ways people are assisting fundraising endeavors, we hope people will respond to and support this mega raffle as well.” Julia said.

Monies raised will be donated to The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal. Major Brian Smith from the Gympie Corps will be at the Mary Valley Rattler historic Gympie Station on Friday 31 January at 9am when the winner will be announced.

Tickets are available online at or contact the Mary Valley Rattler directly on (07) 5482 2750.