A snag for a good cause! Bunnings raises tens of thousands of dollars for bushfire victims by holding sausage sizzles
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Hardware chain Bunnings held sausage sizzles on Friday to raise funds for victims of Australia’s bushfire crisis as the eastern states continued to burn.
The fundraisers were being held across Bunnings’ 295 stores from 9am to 4pm on Friday to raise money for essential items for those affected by fires.
Six people have been killed and more than 600 homes destroyed in New South Wales since October 1 when bushfire season began, the NSW Rural Fire Service said.
Bunnings and non-profit firm Givit teamed up for the Friday fundraiser with money raised going to buy essential items for those affected
NSW Fire and Rescue crews light controlled backburns at St Albans, NSW on Thursday
Fires have also destroyed homes in Queensland and South Australia, while more than a million hectares of land across the nation has been burnt along with livestock and native wildlife.
Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Debbie Poole said the organisation wanted to help.
‘Many of our regional teams have already been assisting impacted communities on a local level but we had team members from all over Australia also wanting to lend a hand for these two important causes,’ she said in an emailed statement.
The money will be distributed by charity firm Givit, a non-profit organisation that says on its website that it enables donors to see what items are required by the needy in a ‘virtual warehouse’ online.
Givit chief executive Sarah Tennant said the non-profit was also committed to purchasing locally where possible to support the economic recovery of affected areas.
Other corporate givers have stepped up to help the bushfire victims.
Mining company South32, which produces alumina, coal, manganese, silver, lead and nickel, pledged $500,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland.
The donation will help regional brigades buy equipment to help the volunteer brigades to continue saving lives and houses.
‘We need to work together in times of crisis to rebuild and support those affected,’ said Chief Executive Graham Kerr.
‘The courage and dedication of volunteers to protect their communities is extraordinary. Our donations will support the resourcing of both current and future operations for these vital organisations.’
South32 has also agreed to match employee donations to supporting organisations.
Many people have tried to donate goods to help bushfire victims, but the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said it is better just to donate money that can be spent where needed.
Bunnings held sausage sizzles across the nation on Friday to help bushfire victims
‘We know many people want to donate physical items such as food and clothing but these take up much needed community space,’ it says on its website.
The public has also rallied behind wildlife affected by the fires with a GoFundMe campaign for koalas raised more than $1 million in donations, becoming the second-biggest fundraiser on the crowd-funding platform in Australia.
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital started the page with an initial goal of $25,000 after 350 koalas died when their bushland home in northern NSW and southeast Queensland was incinerated.
As of November 22, more than 26,400 people have donated $1.18 million.
Since bushfire season began on October 1:
– Six people killed
– More than 600 homes destroyed in New South Wales
– More than 2000 homes and structures saved by the NSW Rural Fire Service
– More than 1.6 million hectares of land burnt in New South Wales
– More than 150,000 hectares burnt in Queensland
– More than 1000 outbuildings and farming infrastructure destroyed or damaged along with livestock
– Cobraball, Qld, fire destroyed 15 homes, burnt more than 12,000 hectares of land, including 230 hectares of high-value crops such as pineapple, mango, and lychee
– Damage bill from bushfires burning through Queensland and northern New South Wales has hit $145 million
– Pechey, Qld, fire more than 100km long has destroyed four homes in Ravensbourne
– South Australia thought to have lost 12 homes in fires burning now
Figures current as of November 22
Sources: NSW Rural Fire Service, ABC, 10Daily