Call to raise fire funds answered

A CHALLENGE by Coffs Harbour City Council to raise funds for a community centre in bushfire-affected Victoria has been answered, with the mayor of another council even upping the ante by pledging part of her mayoral allowance.

Gloucester Shire Council has thrown its support behind the Russell Crowe Luc Longley and Coffs Harbour City Council Community Centre Appeal for the Victorian Bushfires.

At a recent meeting, Gloucester Shire Council donated $1000 towards the appeal, with mayor Julie Lyford going one better by pledging $1000 of her annual mayoral allowance and councillor Tony Tersteeg donating half of his February councillor fee to the appeal.

To date the Coffs appeal has raised $50,000, with pledges of a further $200,000 towards the cost of building a community facility in the area hardest hit by the Victorian bushfires.

The appeal has also joined forces with BCU and Bendigo Bank to become part of the Community Enterprise Foundation, a charitable organisation that has provided aid in the past to victims of Cyclone Larry.

A series of fundraising events for the appeal are planned in the coming months, including a race day in Coffs Harbour on March 23, a family day at Sapphire on March 29, Coffs Harbour's Longest Lunch at the Botanic Garden on April 19, and further special dinners and auctions in May and July.

For information on how to donate to the appeal, go to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au.



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