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HELPING HAND

Friday, 10th January, 2020

South Post Office owner and manager, Randy Metheringham with some of the supplies that have been kindly donated by locals to support the animals injured by the bushfires. The South Post office is just one of many local businesses contributing to help those affected by the disaster currently sweeping the nation. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson South Post Office owner and manager, Randy Metheringham with some of the supplies that have been kindly donated by locals to support the animals injured by the bushfires. The South Post office is just one of many local businesses contributing to help those affected by the disaster currently sweeping the nation. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Broken Hillites are doing what we do best and fundraising for those who need it most.

With the devastating bushfires still burning across Australia, locals are doing their part to raise funds and collect much-needed supplies.

The South Post Office is accepting cash and eftpos donations for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, and have been doing so since November.

They are also taking donations of bandages, dressings and saline for The Native Animal Network Inc SA, which can be dropped into the post office on Patton Street from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The donations will then be given to David and Natalie at Yankalilla LPO on the Fleurieu Peninsula, SA, who will then pass them onto native wildlife rescue. 

The post office has been contacted by RRANA and the local hospital, who both wish to contribute supplies. 

NVU Hair and Beauty are hosting three lucky number raffles at $15 a square, with a goal to raise over $5,000 for bushfire relief.

The first fundraiser prize was a GHD platinum+ & air limited edition rose gold deluxe set worth $515, which was drawn on Wednesday. The second fundraiser prize is a makeup bundle worth over $1,200. To enter head to the NVU Hair and Beauty Facebook page for more details.

A post on their page read: “The scale of these fires is catastrophic! Lives lost, 1/2 BILLION animals perished, homes completely gone and more than 12 million acres of land burnt! For all of the brave people who are risking their lives fighting fires to save our country we THANK YOU... every little donation is helping.”

The Broken Hill Musicians Club has contributed $10,000 to assist with the current bush fire crisis. A post on their Facebook page said, “Our Country is hurting. In times like these we really get to see the true character of Aussies helping Aussies. We can’t be there on the ground, but we can all still make a difference.

“Everyone at the Musicians Club is deeply saddened by the losses our Aussies are suffering, and we’re immensely proud of the men and women that are tirelessly fighting on the ground to save lives. Makes us proud to be Australian.”

The club is hosting ‘Diesel’ for a live performance on Saturday, January 18 and to help the club donate funds to bush fire relief, Diesel offered to sign a guitar on the night for a member to win.

To enter, simply purchase a raffle ticket from the club’s reception or bar, tickets are $5 each of three for $10.

Isobella Perry of ‘Brows and Things’ has vowed to donate $10 from each service she does for the next two weeks, from January 4. A post on her Facebook page read: “My heart is breaking and I feel so helpless. I’ve spent hour’s googling, trying to find out if I can go volunteer to cook food or something for these poor people, but the more I search the more it’s made obvious that they just need money so I’ll put my other talent to good use,” she wrote.

For more details on how to book an appointment visit her Facebook page, ‘Isobellaperry_makeup’.

Helloworld Broken Hill is supporting the national Helloworld Travel fundraiser which is on behalf of the Australian Red Cross. The local branch shared the fundraising link to their Facebook page with a statement that read: “If you have anything, ANYTHING to spare, please think about donating it to the people in need.. Every little bit counts.”

Helloworld Travel has vowed to match every dollar given, so far $15,686 has been donated. The link to donate can be found on the Helloworld Broken Hill Facebook page.

On Tuesday, January 21, Damian Thomson and Tamara Schuster will be at the Sturt Club doing haircuts for men and young boys to raise money for the bush fires with one hundred percent of proceeds going to the Rural Fire Service. 

* Are you helping to raise funds or supplies for bushfire victims? Let us know at the BDT.

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