Cakes rake in dosh at Plaza
Monday, 13th January, 2020
By Michael Murphy
Broken Hill residents continued to support Australian bushfire victims at the weekend, raising more than $3000 through a cake stall at Westside Plaza.
Woolworths staff organised the fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s S.T.A.N.D (Support Through Australian Natural Disasters) bushfire appeal.
A steady stream of people donated cakes and money through the day on Saturday as well as enjoying many of the tasty treats on offer.
The West Cricket Club even dropped in to load up on carbs before their T20 match at the Alma Oval.
They raised $3384.60 on the day, and plan to do it all again on Australia Day from 10am.
Nationwide, more than $3 million has been committed by the Woolworths Group and its customers to bushfire relief efforts.
This includes more than $1 million directly to Woolworths store teams in bushfire impacted communities to help them provide support on the ground to fire crews, charities and customers impacted by bushfires.
More than $1.7 million has been raised through customer donations, and the Woolworth’s Group has kicked in an additional $500,000.
Meanwhile, Australia’s largest food charity has emphasised grocery donations are still needed, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking people just give cash to the bushfire relief effort.
Foodbank NSW and ACT said food donations were required for the short-term emergency relief and long-term rebuild of bushfire-ravaged communities.
The organisation has highlighted items currently in high demand including bottled water, quality tinned meals with ring pulls, and baby food and formula.
Foodbank has already delivered 60,000 kilograms of groceries, hygiene items and pet food to affected communities, which equates to 120,000 meals.
“We wanted to correct some of the mixed messages and confirm that (we) still need additional funds and more food to help communities in NSW through this devastating time,” Foodbank NSW boss Gerry Andersen said.
“We ask that people don’t go directly to the fire-affected areas as they are being overwhelmed, and instead donate online or drop off supplies directly to our warehouse.”
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest pledged $70 million to bushfire relief on Thursday, the biggest individual donation to date from big names in Australian entertainment, business and sport.
With so many individuals and organisations raising funds, Mr Morrison has stressed the importance of coordinating the donations and directing them to the right areas.
“It’s important we work hard to best channel and coordinate that support into the areas of greatest need,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“It is, I think, important to take advice from both the state and federal agencies about where you can best direct that support.”
Among the many fundraising initiatives, the Red Cross has received more than $30 million in donations, comedian Celeste Barber’s campaign has raised over $50 million and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal has more than $15 million.