AUSSIE expats will be raising bucks with bangers this weekend to support the Australian bushfires disaster recovery mission.
Katherine Attreed and Tina Smith are hosting a Sausage Sizzle at Warwick Market on Saturday (January 25), the day before Australia Day.
They will be selling meat and vegetarian sausages and hotdogs for £2 with all money raised going to their chosen charities – The Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery and WIRES Wildlife Rescue. They hope to raise over £1,000.
The devastating bushfires have already destroyed more than 10 million hectares of land and 2,600 homes, and killing 28 people and a billion animals including around a third of the entire koala population.
Katherine, who moved from Melbourne to the UK nine years ago and now lives in Warwick, said: “Bushfires in summer are part of living in Australia, but the scale of these fires is just crazy. The loss of land, homes, wildlife and people has been horrific. We both had family and friends affected but thankfully they are all okay. We just wanted to do our bit to help.”
“Sausage Sizzles are a very common way of raising money for good causes in Australia. In fact, a sausage sizzle is a bit of an Australian institution.
“We really wanted to find a way to raise money to help back home and this just seemed fitting.”
The fund-raiser has also won the support of many local businesses including CJ’s events, who run Warwick Market, Ben’s Biltong – which is supplying the hotplate – and butchers including Rowleys, Mel Broome & Son, and Aubrey Allen, as well as donations from bakers, including Thirteen Bakers and Bread&Co and local supermarkets.
Tina, who lives in Kenilworth, added: “We would love as much support as possible to raise lots of money, so pop along to our Sausage Sizzle between 9am-4pm to pick up a delicious sausage or you can just donate in one of the collection tins.”
Visit www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate to donate directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery and www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund for WIRES Wildlife Rescue.