Australian rock legend Daryl Braithwaite rocked the Brisbane CBD at the annual Big City Barbeque.

The event raises much needed funds for Drug Arm and the Lord Mayor’s Community Trust.

Cerrissa Enright reports.

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The wet weather didn’t deter Brisbane residents from coming out in support of the fifth annual Big City Barbeque.

Roving entertainment and plenty of food kept the crowd entertained but it was clear that Daryl Braithwaite’s performance stole the show.

Daryl Braithwaite: “Drug Arm says the barbecue is extremely important, not only in raising funds, but also in raising awareness about addiction and homelessness in the Brisbane community.”

Mechelle Gumalal, Drug Arm: “This event is absolutely important to the Brisbane services because we are not government funded so events like the Big City BBQ ensure that our vans can stay on the streets and we can help the people in need.”

The Lord Mayor couldn’t be happier with today’s turn out and is already excited about what next year will bring.

Campbell Newman, Brisbane Lord Mayor: “Now I would just like to say to the people of Brisbane who do work in the downtown or CBD area that for next years event which will be in September/October to get involved, come down, be part of the whole thing.”

Over the past five years, the event’s raised more than three hundred thousand dollars and it costs fifty thousand dollars to fund each of the Drug Arm outreach vans.

Drug Arm volunteers help more than 100 homeless people across Brisbane each week, including pregnant women and dozens of teenagers.

Brisbane City Council donated fifteen thousand dollars to the cause.

Cerrissa Enright, QUT News.