Goods sale to benefits fire victims

MAKE a beeline for bargains in the Palms Centre this morning, with the Victorian Fire Appeal sale from 8am today and tomorrow.

Items on sale at the bazaar-style event are all new and have all been donated to the sale by local businesses.

Organiser Geoff Smith said all items must be sold in the next two days, so people could expect to buy at heavily-discounted prices, with many below wholesale price and 'ridiculously cheap'.

The items on offer range from a television set, computer screen and a Breville toaster to an angle grinder, hardware, paintings, bedspread, pillows, hardware accessories, pharmacy items, t-shirts, thongs, bromeliads, seedlings and other nursery plants.

Geoff Smith, the owner of Emerald Beach's Lyndale Nursery, who has been working for 10 days visiting business firms and collecting donations for the sale, was almost asleep on his feet yesterday but determined to soldier on until the last item had been sold and the money banked.

The sale is being supported by the Woolgoolga Lions Club, Palms Centre management; Bendigo Bank and the Coffs Coast Advocate.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the Victorian bush fire appeal. • COFFS Harbour's Salvation Army Family Store will celebrate their third anniversary in their Park Beach Road premises with a 'cash conversion sale'.

The store, located next to Carpet Court, will have a half-price sale throughout the store on Tuesday, February 24, with proceeds going to the Victorian bushfire appeal. She said selected furniture would also be on sale.

Store manager Margaret Bridgman said a lot of people were having trouble donating, because the Victorians were not taking goods, so the sale was an opportunity for people to take these goods to the Salvos store, which would turn them into cash for the cause.

Margaret Bridgman can be contacted on 6650 0310. • MORE than $5000 worth of horse gear and medical supplies and $2500 worth of feed for livestock ranging from horses and cattle to dogs and chooks is about to head south to Victoria in response to an appeal launched last week by the Bonville Valley Equestrian Club's Suzy Zullo.

Ms Zullo said Brisbane firm Ag Solutions had donated a whole crate of mineral lick blocks.

She said the bulk of donations had come from individuals, including horse owners, pony club members and friends, who had banded together to bring in donations from as far afield as Halfway Creek and Dorrigo.

With many areas flooded this week, others had arranged to donate over the phone.

The load of feed and equipment is expected to be taken south by Lindsays Transport today. • COFFS Harbour Uniting Church is holding an 'old time religion and musical afternoon tea' tomorrow to raise funds for the Victorian bushfire appeal. The tea will involve singing old Sunday School songs and hymns and will be at the Coffs Harbour Uniting Church on the corner of Vernon and Gordon streets at 2pm.

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