$25,000 for bushfire appeal auction

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

The bushfire auction run by the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala in conjunction with Dominic Fotia of Dominique Jewellers raised a whopping $25,000.

The Rotary Club of Yarrawonga and Mulwala has conducted a number of fundraising events in recent weeks aimed at helping bushfire victims in the North East and Riverina. 

Money has been raised via the Community Market, Street Collections and more recently, the Antiques and Collectibles Auction. 

As a result, a total of $25,000 has been raised for the Rotary District 9790 Bushfire Appeal.

The club wishes to pay tribute to the many individuals and groups who contributed to the great outcome from the Bushfire Appeal Auction. 

An amount of $9334 was realised on the day in large part from the sale of goods and services donated by businesses in our community. 

These were individually acknowledged previously in the Chronicle with the exception of a couple mistakenly left off the list. 

“Our sincere, if belated thanks, to Jenni Murch from Satin and Stones Intimates and Apparel for the beautiful jacket, to Yarrawonga Dry Cleaners for the huge Teddy Bear Collection and to Terry Kernan of On-Time Delivery Solutions for the Carlton Football Club for jumper and tickets,” Rotary member John Taylor said. 

“Our apologies for the oversight.

“Thanks also for goods donated by private individuals for the auction and to one person for a cash donation. 

A range of vegetables delivered by Kelly Bros on the morning of the event was sold throughout the day in the town hall foyer, contributing a tidy sum.

“A special note of thanks to Tuckerbox Auctions and Dominiques Jewellers, for organising and managing this event. 

“Not only did they invite donated goods with the full sale price going to the appeal, they also donated their sales commissions.  

“The whole thing was a very generous and timely initiative of Dominic Fotia. 

“And finally, many thanks to the people of Yarrawonga and Mulwala for coming along and generously supporting the efforts to raise funds for bushfire victims in our region.”

So far money has been spent on:

School books and stationery packs for every child in Corryong and district;

Boundary fencing;

Overseas Shipping Containers for use as temporary storage sheds;

Portable Electric Generators;

Firefighting water supply upgrades