Yamba bowlo raises $5000 for bushfire appeal

THE Victorian bushfire disaster has touched many people's lives and the call for help has been answered nationwide.

People were out in force at Yamba yesterday at the Yamba Bowling Club Bushfire Benefit Barbecue.

Bowling club assistant manager Nathan Whiteside said local people had been generous.

“I think all up, if we don't raise $5000, I'd be very surprised,” Mr Whiteside said. “This disaster has touched many people and it is really good to see everyone turn up for a great cause.”

Mr Whiteside said the catalyst for the event came from the club's president Les Brown.

“He rang me up after watching the news coverage and said we had to do something to help out,” Mr Whiteside said.

“That day we donated $500, and all of the green fees, which totalled about $700 and then we organised to have this event.

“All the bands are playing for free and all the prizes have been donated, which is great.”

The event, which ran from 2-6pm, had a bumper bill of entertainers including No Bones About It and John Peppercorn.

The music from the event drifted right through Yamba, as did the smell of the sausage sizzle, which was run by the Yamba Lions Club.

The Lions club also donated $500 to the fundraiser.

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