BEING affected personally by the slow demise of close friends and family spurred local man and operator of the Great Eastern Motor Inn, Derek Connolly, into action to raise money for the association that helped him when he needed it most.

"Unfortunately, a lot of community organisations suffer because of the lack of support from the government," Mr Connolly said.

"Little Haven give a blanket cover, a wing that shelters you and get you through but they get very little funding," he said.

"The more I thought about it, the more I thought, 'why don't we get involved and put on a function?'."

With Little Haven Week fast approaching, he enlisted the help of local chefs.

Paul Jones, from Dish Restaurant and Wine Bar, and George Isaac, from Zesty Edibles at Gunabul Homestead, were quick to jump on board, with a series of dining events planned.

SUPPORT ON THE MENU: Gympie chefs joining forces to raise funds for Little Haven Palliative care are (from left) Paul Jones, head chef and owner of Dish restaurant, and George Isaac, chef and owner of Zesty Edibles Gunabul Homestead, with Derek Connolly, owner of Great Eastern Motor Inn, Gympie.
SUPPORT ON THE MENU: Gympie chefs joining forces to raise funds for Little Haven Palliative care are (from left) Paul Jones, head chef and owner of Dish restaurant, and George Isaac, chef and owner of Zesty Edibles Gunabul Homestead, with Derek Connolly, owner of Great Eastern Motor Inn, Gympie. Greg Miller

The series will start with a Fashion Lunch and Campaign Launch at Dish next Friday at noon and an Italian Night at The Great Eastern that evening.

Saturday will have a Christmas in July Dinner at Gunabul Homestead and on Sunday Mr Connolly will host a traditional Sunday Roast at the Great Eastern.

At each of these events, a fundraising drive with a difference will occur - Clean Out Your 5s for Little Haven Drive.

The premise is simple.

Bring along all your five-cent pieces in jars and ashtrays, at the bottom of your purse or rolling around in drawers.

There will be collection tins at all of the functions and collection points along Mary St and in both of the shopping centres during Little Haven Week.

"My goal is to empty Gympie of all its five-cent pieces," Mr Connolly said.

"I wanted to start with something that wasn't overwhelming," her said.

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