Coles team members from across the South Coast and Canberra have shown their support for the Runnyford Fire Brigade, helping to raise $3,000 to help the brigade prepare for the summer ahead.
Coles store managers Kathy Topic and Craig Morrison rallied 140 team members from
supermarkets in Canberra, Batemans Bay, Bega and Eden to raise the money through a
fundraising trivia night, with proceeds from ticket sales and raffle tickets and donations totalling more than $9,000.
The Runnyford Brigade near Batemans Bay, Numbugga Brigade in Bega and the Rocky Hall Brigade in Eden will each receive $3,000, to support their work in protecting the community over the coming summer.
Runnyford Brigade captain Alicia Wanner said the funds would go towards the purchase of new equipment better equip the station to deal with future fires.
“We were severely affected by the fire in the Runnyford area, not one property escaped
untouched, everybody lost either their home, a shed, or machinery and so much infrastructure like fencing and water tanks. We are all still cleaning up and rebuilding," Alicia said.
“Since the fires, the Brigade has gained many new members due to people wanting to be better prepared for the coming years and with the new members we need more equipment, so that is where we will be using the funds Coles has so generously donated.”
L-R RFS Runnyford Firefighter, Kyle Langford, Coles Bateman's Bay Store Manager Matt Gray, Runnyford RFS Captain Alicia Warner and Coles ACT Store Manager Katy Tropic
L-R Coles Bateman's Bay Store Manager Matt Gray with Runnyford RFS Captain Alicia Warner
Coles regional manager for the NSW South Coast and the ACT, John Appleby, said he was proud of the efforts of his team to give back to their local RFS brigades.
“The trivia night was a great opportunity for our team to raise much needed funds for our local brigades, and reflect on the incredible work they do to protect our communities,” said John.
“We are so grateful for the tireless efforts of the RFS brigades across the South Coast, and hope this donation will support the Runnyford, Numbugga and Rocky Hall communities as they face the 2021 bushfire season.”
Over the past financial year Coles has provided more than $6 million in support for bushfire-
affected communities and emergency services, through direct donations and fundraising to
support longer-term relief. This included $3.2 million in donations for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund from Coles, team members and customers, donations of food and essentials to relief centres, aged care facilities and emergency services, and $3 million of gift cards provided by Coles to rural fire brigades across Australia.
L-R Simon Batemans RFS Bega Captain, Coles Bega Store Manager Brendan Forde, Coles ACT Store Manager Kathy Topic, Sharon Walker Bega RFS, and Coles Regional Manager John Appleby
L-R - ACT Store Manger Craig Morris, ACT, Store Manger Kathy Topic, Clint Bradley Deputy Captain RFS Eden, Eden store manager Daniel Bowman, Farley Baker RFS Eden Treasurer