The Tooby Booby festival will feature live entertainment, with an entry via donation, on March 25. ​

Tooborac Hotel and Brewery’s charity event Tooby Booby is back on March 25, featuring artists and raffles to support the charity Love Your Sister.

Set up by Tallarook’s Samuel Johnson, Love Your Sister is on the mission to eliminate cancer through fundraising for medical research. 

Tooby Booby organisers invite people to bring their deck chairs to enjoy a range of family-friendly activities, including raffles, auctions, food and drink options.

There will also be a visit from the BraVan, which provides a bra fitting service to rural and remote women. 

Well-known to the Tooby Booby stage, country music star James Blundell will provide the entertainment, along with The Mason Boys, The Skerricks, Brett Franke and Izzy Zoch.

Seymour FM community radio will broadcast the event live.

Owner Val Carlin said while the charity event raised funds for an important cause, it also gave the community and artists an outlet.

“It gives the local talent a stage, a platform and it gives them exposure … through Seymour FM they get live broadcast, and straight after COVID, everybody was looking for a fun day out. It’s just a fun day where the proceeds are going to a good cause,” she said.

At this year’s event, Mr Johnson, 2018 Victorian Australian of the Year, will be guest speaker, discussing the foundation’s goal and his new book ‘Dear Lover.’

For the past nine years, Tooborac Hotel has supported numerous charity organisations including The Australian Cancer Research Foundation and McGrath Foundation.

Ms Carlin said Love Your Sister had become a key partner in supporting the Tooby Booby event, which raised about $10,000 last year.

“They’ve really come on board and supported the event since then, like I said, Samuel Johnson himself is turning up this year to just say thank you to the people, for photographs, and he’s very approachable,” she said.

“Even though we still play on the words Tooby Booby, we have decided to go across something that would support all the different cancers, not just breast cancer, we have a very small community and there has been a fair bit of cancer that has affected this community.”

Entry to the event, at 5115 Northern Highway, Tooborac, is by donation at the gate. The fun begins at 12pm through to 5pm on Saturday, March 25.

For more information, visit the Tooborac Hotel’s Facebook page