Yesterday Mathew Hatcher and Shilo Christie presented Batemans Bay RFS area Captain Ian Aitken with a cheque for $6058.40. Donations had been collected during December via a Gofundme account Shilo and Mathew had set up on the local Batemans Bay Notice Board site. Mathew also organised a gold coin donation coffee event where many generous donations were made. Initially, it was intended that these donations would fund free entry to Bells Carnival for the families of our local rural volunteer firefighters. The Bells family had assisted by offering a significant discount on the cost of the carnival wristbands. The horrific events of New Year's Eve, and the confusion that followed, sidelined these efforts and time then became the enemy preventing the organisation and distribution of the wristbands before Bells final night. Consequently, it was decided to donate the collected amount directly to the local RFS who will now use the funds according to its 2020 priorities. A Thank you is extended to everyone in our community who donated and most importantly thank you to our wonderful RFS.
Above: Mathew Hatcher (R) and Shilo Christie (L) present a cheque to Batemans Bay RFS area Captain Ian Aitken