Fundraising organiser Sandra Halling (left) and Gary Payne (right) join Lawrence McCoy at a presentation recently.
Fundraising organiser Sandra Halling (left) and Gary Payne (right) join Lawrence McCoy at a presentation recently.

Appreciation for a hot job



THE Cabarita Beach/Bogangar community rallied together in a display of communal gratitude to thank Rural Fire Service personnel for their tremendous work during the bushfire scare which threatened hundreds of homes in the village and in the Round Mountain area in mid-October.

They organised a doorknock, collected prizes for a giant raffle and, with the assistance of the local residents' association and the Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club, prepared to show thanks to the fire fighters with a giant rally and sausage sizzle in November.

However, the best laid plans can sometimes be upset by the weather, which, in stark contrast to the heat wave the month before which helped to produce such volatile conditions, the heavens opened.

But determination shone through for the residents and after postponing their first community attempt, the day eventually went ahead.

This example of community solidarity was initiated by Sandra Halling and other members of the area affected by this frightening experience.

Earlier this month, following finalisation of the fundraising details, cheques totalling $6,000 and representing the sincere appreciation of the Tweed Coast communities were handed to RFS representative Lawrence McCoy.

Other donations from the Lions Club, Rotary and the Touch Football Club at Raiders brought the total raised to $7,250.



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