Brisbane’s long running men’s club The BootCo. recently presented $6000 to various GLBTI community organisation to continue their great work. Running as a not for profit by a volunteer committee, BootCo. raises funds from charging entry to it’s pub night, as well as running special events like it’s yearly party Corium and various workshops.
On December 7 at their end of year pub night, current Mr Queensland Leather Maximus and BootCo. Secretary and former MQL Cyll Duncan presented the cheques to the lucky organisations.
This year saw BootCo. continue it’s grant program, asking for submissions from the community. With 13 organisations applying for funding this year, the most BootCo. has seen, it was a tough decision for the volunteer committee to decide on who revived donations.
BootCo. were very proud to be able to give $1500 to buy a vaccine fridge for Clinic 30 (QuAC). Other successful grants were $1000 for the LGBTI Seniors ‘Happy Hampers’ project which saw christmas hampers being delivered to LGBTI seniors (QuAC), $1000 to help MARS (Men Affected by Rape and Sexual assault) advertise their group in the media (Stonewall), $1000 to the Brisbane Gender Clinic for medical supplies. Other grants saw Queensland Positive People (QPP) receive $1000 for their ‘Green Space’ project, and Two Spirits received $500 towards running a sexual health workshop for the Brisbane LGBTI Indigenous community (QuAC).
Anthony Smith, the current President of BootCo. said it’s always heartening to be able to give back to the community. “Many of these organisations run on practically nothing, just hard work and good will. BootCo. are very proud we can hopefully make this a little easier.”
BootCo. is the longest running mens Leather group in Australia, celebrating it’s 25th birthday in 2015. The group celebrate masculinity, sexual identity and embraces the Leather lifestyle. For more information go to www.BootCo.org.au.