Olympic swimmer Julie McDonald to emcee Jimboomba fundraiser for Greenbank and Woodhill Rural Fire Service heroes

An Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist has come on board to support a vital fundraiser for firefighters and animal welfare.

Julie McDonald will emcee the fundraiser for the Greenbank and Woodhill Rural Fire Service firies, and local wildlife carers, on March 7.

The long-distance swimmer won bronze in the 800 metre freestyle at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

She held the Commonwealth record for the 800m freestyle for 21 years, and was in every Australian swimming team from 1986 until 1992.

Another guest speaker on the night will be a firefighter from the Greenbank Rural Fire Service, after those heroes had put in a huge fire season.

The fundraiser will get underway at 6pm at the Jimboomba Community Hall.

Time is running out to get your ticket to a fundraiser for our firefighting heroes, and for animal carers in the region.

Time is running out to get your ticket to a fundraiser for our firefighting heroes, and for animal carers in the region.

Adult tickets are $50 per person, which will include a free beer, wine or soft drink on arrival.

Kids aged 5-12 can get a ticket for $25. Entry is free for children under five.

The event is organised by passionate animal lover Lola Hinton-Mesken.

Mrs Hinton-Mesken said she was crying in front of the television one day, watching national coverage of the devastating bushfires take hold.

"I thought this is silly, crying wasn't doing anything," she said.

"I thought we've got to be doing more. This could be in our backyard this year, or next year."

Mrs Hinton-Mesken said she was looking for more raffle items which would help with the cause.

"Little prizes so nearly everyone will go home with a prize," she said.

"I'm also hoping to put together a sample bag, with a pen or a money box or something so everyone gets something."

Joanne Thompson is helping out the cause.

She urged people to dig deep and support the fundraiser.

"If you can, book a table of 10, and really get behind it," Mrs Thompson said.

She said it would go to a great cause, and one which was close to Mrs Hinton-Mesken's heart.

"She's a long-time resident who has a great love of animals, and community spirit," Mrs Thompson said.

"She is very passionate about wildlife."

The dress code is smart dressy, with no ties needed for men.

RSVPs for the event close on Friday, February 21.

There will be a fire engine for the kids, as well as raffles, auctions, a DJ and photo booth.

People are asked to bring cash for raffles, auctions and drinks on the night. No eftpos will be available.

Tickets are available by money transfer to BSB 014215 and account number 42470837. Quote first initial, surname and how many guests as reference.

Mrs Thompson urged people to get involved quickly.

"Time is running out," she said.

"People are notorious for paying at the last minute."

If you can help out, email m.mclennan@fairfaxmedia.com.au and we will put you in touch with the organisers.