Perth communities rally to support bushfire appeals

Fires across East Gippsland have killed two people and destroyed more than 100 properties. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Fires across East Gippsland have killed two people and destroyed more than 100 properties. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

THE local community is rallying behind fundraisers to support people and animals affected by devastating bushfires.

Children-run cake stalls have popped up in suburbs including Trigg and Woodlands over the weekend to raise money in response to bushfires raging in New South Wales and Victoria.

On Friday, Stirling State Emergency Service volunteers are holding a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings Balcatta from 8am to 5pm for Rotary Australia’s bushfire appeal.

They will also be collecting donations at the store on January 18 and 19 from 10am to 2pm.

Many businesses are also doing their bit, with The Academy of Mixed Martial Arts in Balcatta donating proceeds from casual classes and joining fees this week to Australian Red Cross and North Beach Chiropractic contributing new patient fees and a portion of chiropractic appointments until January 11 to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

Livid Skate Café in Scarborough is hosting a January 19 event featuring a silent auction of art and photography, raffle, live music, limited edition T-shirt and hat, and mural painting from noon to 10pm, with profits to the Red Cross.

Children can join in a fundraiser run by Evolve Kids Fitness, wellnessbyevolve and You Can Do Fit at Birralee Reserve in Innaloo on January 24 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The event will provide children’s activities, snacks, drinks, treats and raffles for a $10 per person donation to Red Cross and the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).

City Beach restaurant Odyssea is also getting on board and will host the Bushfire Relief Long Table Dinner on February 20.

Owner Eleanor Hupfer said the loss of lives, animals and property because of the fires was heartbreaking.

“We always try to support and give back to the community whenever we can,” she said.

“100 per cent of the proceeds from the night will be donated the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fund.

“We feel that this is the very least we can do to help our fellow Australians who are suffering.”

Tickets cost $175 each, with proceeds donated to bushfire relief, and include a glass of bubbles, three-course dinner and beverage package.

Share details of an upcoming fundraiser or send photos of fundraisers in your community to laura.pond@communitynews.com.au.