RFDS funds served up
Local volunteer firefighters have used their cooking skills to raise more than $4000 in funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Dampier Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service was able to raise $4100 to go to the RFDS by flipping burgers and cooking snags at community events last year.
DVFRS secretary Adam Bell said the fundraising events were possible through the help of Wrapped Creations. “So when a big corporation asks for a large catering contract for something simple like burgers and hot dogs, they call us and ask us first,” he said.
Mr Bell said Wrapped Creations asked firefighters if they would want to help set up chairs and tables at the Dampier Markets.
“From that invoice total, we got $4100, and 100 per cent of that is going to RFDS,” he said. He said the unit would like to do more fundraising but would need more members to make this possible.
“If we had half a dozen social members that we knew we could call on, they would get all the benefits just wouldn’t be called out to jobs,” he said.
“If they are hesitant to join because of the risks of firefighting, then we definitely have a role for them.”
DVFRS apparatus officer Daniel Knox said having support people would take the pressure off firefighters.
“It’s those support people that if you did have them, then if we had been to a call-out the night before and we do have fundraising the next day, we’re not getting up knackered the next morning,” he said.
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