Thursday, 23rd January, 2020
By Callum Marshall
Fresh Pizza Broken Hill and the Broken Hill Aquatic Stingrays are hosting a bushfire relief fundraiser this weekend, once again highlighting the generosity of the local community.
Taking place at the back of the Aquatic Club in Sturt Park, everyone will be able to buy some delicious pizzas and drinks. All the proceeds will go towards the Red Cross’ bushfire relief efforts.
Pizza toppings will include margarita, cheesy garlic, pepperoni, the ‘Bondi’ (ham and pineapple) and mushroom.
Fresh Pizza’s Cristina Tolu, who said they’d only been operating for about a month, said they wanted to help out in any way they could.
“We wanted to ... help the victims of the bushfire crisis so we thought the best way to do it was to do it with something that we know - and we know how to make pizza.
“Through the help of Broken Hill Aquatic Stingrays, who we’ve been in touch with recently over a location, we thought we could sell our pizzas and then the profits will go to the Red Cross who are pretty much giving the victims grants to help them out with their loss, helping families and friends from the trauma.
“They’re actually there at evacuation centres, providing as much help as possible in terms of food as well.
“I feel that the Red Cross really does a lot.”
After seeing what other locals had been doing to help, Cristina said it was great they could help out through a community event.
“We want to give the community an event to go to, not just donate,” she said.
“It’s a family-friendly event, it’s in Sturt Park, it’s close to the playground and it’s something to do on a Saturday afternoon.”
A raffle will he held on the night, she said, with a number of local businesses donating items for it.
“Auntie Tazz has provided us with two pairs of earrings in the shape of pizzas. They’re all hand-made and she’s done them herself with bamboo,” said Cristina.
“Whatnot & Thingamabobs in Oxide Street have donated a hamper and in it there’s also a gift voucher.
“And then we’ve got Cheeki Choices, and they’ve donated a $60 grazing platter. It looks awesome.
“I’ve found three mugs and they’re really cute - they’ve got a koala, kangaroo and platypus. The koala has ‘rescue’ on it and he’s climbing on a teabag.
“I’m going to chuck them in as a set.
“We’ll take names, numbers, select the winners and then at the end of the night we’ll give them a call and see which prizes they prefer.”
Cristina said for those who can’t make it to the event, a donation link to Red Cross was on their Facebook event page.
Broken Hill Aquatic Stingrays’ Ben Clavel said the club was pleased to help out with event.
“We’re really proud that we’re able to work closely with Fresh Pizza who’ve actually led all of this,” he said.
“As a club we really want to make sure that we can give back to the community as well, and what we can do is provide a venue for that.
“Hopefully we see as many people down here as possible on Saturday night and make as much money as possible for the fundraiser to help people get back on their feet.”
Fresh Pizza said they were also looking for more donations for the raffle, saying that if local businesses wanted to donate items they could get in touch through Fresh Pizza’s Facebook page, ‘Fresh Pizza Broken Hill.’
WHAT: Fresh Pizza Broken Hill and BH Aquatic Stingrays Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, 5pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: Aquatic Club, Sturt Park.