News

Dine in the Dark serves up guide dog funds

Ian Brown from The Freemasons will support Dining in the Dark to raise money for guide dogs.
Ian Brown from The Freemasons will support Dining in the Dark to raise money for guide dogs. Inga Williams

IPSWICH Freemasons will be asking diners to put themselves into the shoes of a vision-impaired person later this month - and it could get messy.

Although the overall message is a serious one, Dine in the Dark is designed to allow participants to have a good time over a good meal, while also recognising the everyday battles of life without vision.

With their inaugural Dine in the Dark event attracting 52 people and raising $2000 last year, the Freemasons look to be onto a winner.

Diners are blindfolded and given a full apron before tucking into a two-course meal - the idea is to get as much as possible into your mouth and not on the apron.

Freemason Ian Brown said it was a challenge that people responded to in different ways.

"Some people have no idea what they are digging the fork into or how big of a portion they are trying to shove into their mouth," he said.

"I was amazed though at how seriously people took the challenge last year."

Along with the $2000 raised from the event itself, the Freemasons' benevolent fund was able to add another $2000.

Such contributions are vital for the ongoing training of guide dogs for the vision-impaired, which costs $30,000 per puppy.

Guide Dogs Queensland trains up to 30 dogs per year, teaming them up with vision-impaired people across the state.

With many of last year's diners promising to come back, the Freemasons are confident of attracting up to 100 people to this year's event, to be staged at the Ipswich Showgrounds reception centre.

In addition to the meal, diners will enjoy live music, auctions of art and sporting memorabilia, and raffles - the proceeds of which will all go to the guide dogs.

The Dine in the Dark event will be held at the Ipswich Showgrounds reception centre from 6.30pm on Saturday, August 30.

Tickets can be pre-purchased.

Phone Ian Brown on 0431 034 852 for details.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Images of our shameful past

FOUND: Wade Thompson and Henry Thompson Jr at the Deebing Creek Mission Cemetery.

Images of our shameful past

Show out to deliver the thrills

The Safari Zoo is expected to be a big attraction for the kids.

Show out to deliver the thrills s

Aged care workforce in crisis

Shayne Neumann delivers flags to Bruce and Margaret Dobbie, Darryl Tocchetti and Penny Palmer.

Aged care workforce in crisis

Latest deals and offers

WATCH Emergency crews rescue man from car hanging off bridge

A MOTORIST is trapped in a vehicle which is hanging off the edge of Sandy Creek Bridge on the Brisbane Valley Highway about 10 minutes south of Fernvale.

Ipswich wants to pay farmers more for milk

Dairy farmer Paul Roderick talks about the price of milk in the Queensland market.

Meanwhile Federal Government offers farmers $550 concessional loan

Skeletal remains found in search for Plainland man

Darrell Simon (File pic from 2005). Photo: Michelle Smith / The Queensland Times

Human remains were found on the weekend

WATCH: Police release footage of armed robbery

The man is descried as being Caucasian in appearance, in his 20s and had brown hair.

Staff not injured as a result of the robbery

Learn to empower business with guest speaker

Damian Morgan will exchange ideas with some of Ipswich's business leaders during a series of free seminars he will be holding at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Wednesday June 15.

Damian Morgan to speak at business leaders seminar

OPINION: Is Johnathan Thurston really the greatest ever?

BEST EVER: Johnathan Thurston exalts during the 52-6 walloping of the Blues in Origin III in 2015. The Cowboys and Maroons maestro will be a future Immortal without doubt.

Why there has never been another player like JT

City’s most eligible bachelors go up for auction

Australia's favourite redhead twins and celebrity bachelors Stevie and Andy Mac will perform and be auctioned off at the Pink Hope Charity Male Auction Gala.

All women need to do is bid for the man who catches their eye

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago