Dundullimal Homestead supporting LifeLine Central West

Rhino Lodge. Photo: Supplied.
Rhino Lodge. Photo: Supplied.

An upcoming fundraiser night aims to raise money for Lifeline Central West and their goal of being able to purchase a new building in Dubbo to help service the greater Western NSW region.

The charity event is being held at the Rhino Lodge in Dubbo on July 12, with Alan Jones as guest speaker and Phil Stack from Thirsty Merc performing on the night plus additional music.

Approximately 350 people from across the western NSW area are expected to attend the fundraiser Lifeline Central West executive director Alex Ferguson said.

The organisaiton are hoping to raise a total of $700,00 through grants and fundraiser money, but the charity's target is $100,000.

"Hopefully then we'll be able to buy something close to the inner city in Dubbo that will allow us to have a much larger training facility," Mr Ferguson said.

Lifeline Central West is continuing to support those in the region with domestic violence, drug, alcohol and mental health support.

Mr Ferguson said while it is great to see that the business is growing significantly, it also means so are the problems.

"It's going to be a work in progress, but this wil be the first step," he said.

It is hoped that once the money is raised and a new building in Dubbo is found it will be operating within the financial year.

To help raise money for Lifeline Central West, the National Trust (NSW) have offered a rare opportunity to experience the isolation and rustic romance of living at Dundullimall Homestead to the highest bidder.

Dundullimal Homestead manager, Karen Hagan, said there have been no official overnight visitors at the homestead since it was abandoned in the 1950s.

"The person making the winning bid will win a night for two in the master bedroom of the Homestead.To my knowledge there have been no official overnight visitors at the homestead for over 60 years," she said.

When the idea of offering an overnight stay at Dundullimal Homestead was suggested, chairman of the Lifeline fundraiser organising committee, Mathew Dickerson, was keen to support it.

"This is a rare opportunity to purchase an experience which is not usually available," he said.

All of the funds raised will go towards the purchase of a dedicated Lifeline building in Dubbo.

The theme for the event is Winter Wonderland. Tickets can be purchased through www.123tix.com.au

Dress code is 'Cocktail with a touch of Christmas.'