The recent bushfires across Australia have been devastating for many families, communities and animal populations, but it’s been heartening to see so many locals offering support and raising funds for those affected.
The Vic Hotel recently hosted ‘The Bushfire Relief Fundraiser’ to bring the local community together and raised close to $50,000 for Red Cross Australia.
Musicians offered entertainment for the event, the Café Collective organised amazing local artisans to host market stalls, The Vic auctioned off some sporting memorabilia, and even the grandchildren and children of the venue owners came together to make and sell over 500 hair scrunchies that raised $1702 alone.
Part-owner of The Vic Hotel, Angela Johns, said while they were all deeply saddened by the disaster, they were overwhelmed by the community’s response to the fundraiser event.
“We were approached by many businesses and individuals offering their support; everyone wanted to help but some were unsure of where to start,” she said.
“The feedback from people has been so positive – everyone in Australia has been touched by this disaster in some way and we essentially just provided a forum for people to unite.”
The fundraising efforts from the night were matched by The Stephens Family Foundation, with the total donation amount reaching $48,406.
So many other Subiaco businesses have also been doing some amazing work to help raise funds with just a few named below:
- Jaffle Shack: $2 for every jaffle sold donated to WIRES Wildlife Rescue
- Bistro Felix: donated portion of January profits to bushfire victims
- Hi Lid Subiaco: all profits from Monday 6 January donated to Red Cross bushfire aid
- Follicle: promoted donations to Red Cross and NSWRFS
- Total Movement: donated profits from Saturday 11 January classes to Red Cross
- Lot Six Zero: donated $9040 to bushfire relief funds
- The Little Pantry: donated $4000 to NSWRFS and CFAVIC
- Rachel Marie Hair Artistry: donated two weeks of retail sales to NSWRFS
- Boucla Café: donated all January tips to WIRES Wildlife Rescue
- Community Coffee Co: donated profits from Sunday 12 January trade to Red Cross
- Whisk Creamery: donated a week’s profits to Red Cross
If you are in a position to be able to donate funds to the relief effort, you can view a number of organisations on the ABC website that need help.