Canning Vale IGA: Seven years of sausage sizzles for causes

SEEDS co-ordinator Jim Wood and Canning Vale IGA store manager Craig Williams.
SEEDS co-ordinator Jim Wood and Canning Vale IGA store manager Craig Williams.

CANNING Vale IGA has run a community sausage sizzle outside the store since 2008.

Each Saturday, a local community group picks up the tongs to cook up a storm and raise money for their club or organisation.

The IGA supplies the sausages, onions and sauces, while a local baker donates the bread.

The community groups have cooked 85,000 sausages and raised $87,000.

Supermarket owner Pat Rock said he had a strong commitment to his community.

“We opened the store in 2007 and we thought the community sausage sizzle was an excellent way of supporting those who wanted to help themselves,” he said.

“Rather than just give a donation, the local beneficiaries have the opportunity to raise more money by conducting the sausage sizzle.”

Canning Vale-based Saint Emilie Empowers Devoted Service (SEEDS) mission group is among the fundraisers and has sold sausages six times over three years.

SEEDS raise money for education in the Philippines city of Bacolod, including a kindergarten, primary and secondary schools as well as aged- care homes and havens for homeless people.

Co-ordinator Jim Wood said the sausage sizzles was a welcome way to raise funds.

“We really appreciate the sausage sizzles, they already have everything – you couldn’t ask for better,” he said.