Lions plate up to help farmers

Lions Club of Cleveland Challenge president Pauline Denisenko (left) and secretary Celeste Parker with Q Plates the club is selling to raise money for Queensland's battling farmers.  
Photo by Chris McCormack

Lions Club of Cleveland Challenge president Pauline Denisenko (left) and secretary Celeste Parker with Q Plates the club is selling to raise money for Queensland's battling farmers. Photo by Chris McCormack

The Lions Club of Cleveland Challenge is raising money for the Aussie Farmers Foundation Drought Appeal and secretary Celeste Parker has driven a set of Q Plates into the mix.

Q Plates, which showed the letter Q followed by a single digit or combination of numbers, were the original registration plates issued in Queensland.

The 'Q' signified the State of Queensland.

The first Q Plate (Q1) was issued in 1921 and the last (Q687612) in May, 1955.

Personalised Plates Queensland has since reissued Q Plates, authentically recreated to original specifications, and Celeste is the owner of the combination Q1986, which she said came in a set of two and were valued at around $7000.

She said she donated them to the Lions Club to help raise money for battling farmers in the St George and Hebel areas of South West Queensland.

"I care deeply about the devastation of the Aussie farmer," she said.

"Nobody here really understands what they're going through.

"They have no money coming in each week and have to sell what's left of their skinny stock to help feed themselves.

"The stories we hear are mind boggling.

"I have these plates and I'm not using them, so if the money can go to help the farmers, then that's good."

Celeste said she was taking bids of over $5000.

To make an offer on the plates, email your bid to Celeste at celespar@bigpond.net.au

For more information, contact Celeste on 3821 0960.

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