THE Mapleton community is showing what it means to be a part of a small town as it pulls together to raise funds for well known and loved resident Jon Turton.
Mr Turton has been on the Range for 35 years, working as an audio technician and known in the community as a man of high spirits.
The 59-year-old was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, giving him as little as a few months to live.
He is unable to work and has to travel to Brisbane at least three times a week.
His friend Dave Gavin will hold a fundraising night for Mr Turton at the Mapleton Hotel next week.
Proceeds from the event will go directly to Mr Turton and his family.
Mr Gavin said initially he intended to organise a small picnic.
The upcoming event eventuated from the support of businesses and residents throughout the Hinterland.
"The amazing part is that half the people who have helped me didn't even know Jon," he said.
"That's one of the benefits of a being part of a small community - when there's a crisis everyone pulls together.
"Jon is much loved by half of the Range, and that's only because the other half hasn't met him yet."
The fundraising night will include a host of lucky door prizes, raffles and auctions, with many prizes donated by local businesses.
The Webbes - local musicians Chris and Noah Webbe - will provide entertainment for the crowd.
Mr Gavin said the main aim of the event was to give Mr Turton and his family some support.
"All I want to do is raise some funds to give the family a better quality of life," he said.
"Jon is in such high spirits at the moment and it's so great to see."
Mr Gavin is encouraging anyone from the community to join whether they know Mr Turton or not.
For more information about the event call the Mapleton Hotel on 5445 7499.