Valley bushfire fundraisers

Lower Clarence businesses dig deep

MACLEAN Hotel manager Jamie Vincent said he had been 'overwhelmed' by the amount of business and community support for their fundraiser for people affected by the Victorian bushfires, to be held tonight from 6pm.

Mr Vincent said so many businesses had donated big ticket items as prizes that there would now be an auction as well as a raffle, live entertainment, barbecue dinner and drinks. Prizes include tickets to the Sydney Twenty/20 cricket match, sports memorabilia, power tools and much more. Entry is by donation and all proceeds from the night will go towards the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

Meanwhile, Yamba Red Cross has donated $500 to the fund. See the numbers below to donate.

Council support

CLARENCE Valley Council has taken the first step towards committing $10,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, organised by the Victorian Government and Australian Red Cross.

On Tuesday, the council civil and corporate committee voted unanimously to support the donation on behalf of Clarence Valley ratepayers.

Mayor Richie Williamson said he was confident the donation would be approved at the full council meeting on February 24.

In addition, Cr Williamson said there would be a condolence book at Grafton and Maclean council offices early next week, where residents will be able to send messages to the bushfire victims.

GDSC matches council

GRAFTON District Services Club has donated $10,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, but there is still time for individual members to make a difference. Tonight and tomorrow, members will have the chance to make a donation to the appeal.

Coles to send on profits

SHOPPERS can indulge in some guilt-free spending this Friday, with Coles supermarkets pledging to send their profits from the day to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

Residents can also leave cash donations at Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings Warehouse and Wendy's, as well as most banks.

Lawrence morning tea

THE Lawrence Area Over Fifties Group will donate all proceeds from their morning tea on March 23 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

The program will include an address from a guest speaker, who will talk about diabetes. The event will begin at 9.30am in the Lawrence Hall.

Contact Neville on 6647 7155 or Shirley on 66477 320.

Burger bonus

JOEY'S Takeaway, at 207 Prince Street, Grafton, is donating $1 from every hamburger sold until Tuesday to a bushfire appeal, organised through the National Australia Bank.

Donate blood

YESTERDAY, appointments at Grafton Blood Service, at Grafton Base Hospital, were booked out, with residents rushing to give blood to people in need.

Although the next two collection days, on February 25 and March 11, are also booked out, there are still some appointments left for collection on March 25.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokeswoman Kirstie Lee said burns victims in particular would require ongoing treatment, and the Red Cross would need more regular donors in the future.

Extra services have been scheduled at Coffs Harbour. Contact 13 14 95 or 6651 6844 to make an appointment.

Clothes drop-off point

IF you can't afford to make a cash donation, St Vincent de Paul Society is accepting donations of material goods at its centres at Grafton, South Grafton and Maclean.

Vinnies is also collecting financial donations to help the long-term recovery efforts of the communities devastated by the bushfires.

Spare some cash

TO make a financial donation to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, organised by the Victorian Government and Australian Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org.au or phone 1800 811 700. Also donate online at www.salvos.org.au and www.vinnies.org.au



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