The Vietnamese community in Brisbane, Australia, raised more than AU$25,000 (US$17,664) at a charity dinner held to generate funds for victims of the Queensland drought.

Viet Tran, the former president of the Brisbane Vietnamese Community, said people were losing money and businesses were suffering due to the drought.

He added that the community felt they owed Australia something for taking them in after the Vietnam War, and it was time for them to help, Queensland Country Life reported.

When they looked into ways of helping, Senator Ron Boswell, who Tran described as a good friend of the Vietnamese community, put Tran in touch with David Phelps, the chairman of the Western Queensland Drought Appeal.

The event saw 200 attendees, including Queensland Liberal Senator Amanda Stoker and Mount Ommaney MP Jessica Pugh. Gifts that were auctioned off included a dinner with Gregory MP Lachlan Millar at the Parliament House worth AU$600, as well as a timber pen and box donated by Vietnam War veteran Rodney Hill.

Tran said the total of AU$25,480 raised will be able to help more than 100 families affected by the drought.