Shirt appeal for bushfire victims

COFFS Coast residents Sue Wood and Jan Brown want locals to donate the shirts off their backs to the Victorian bushfire victims who have lost their shirts.

The two friends are asking residents to buy a t-shirt of any size and to look in their bottom drawer or wardrobe for any t-shirts they have bought but never worn and donate them to those people who have only the clothes they are standing in.

Sue said the shirts were a versatile item.

“Anybody can wear a T-shirt, from tiny babies upwards,” she said.

Sue Wood, who described herself as 'just a housewife' said she had never organised a fund- raiser before but had been inspired by seeing a successful appeal for pyjamas for children who had never owned nightclothes.

The 'Shirt off our Backs' t-shirt appeal is being supported by Network Video.

New t-shirts of all sizes can be left at Network Video on the Pacific Highway opposite Coffs Harbour Showground. Sue Wood can be contacted on 6658 0449.

  • COFFS Harbour High School students and parents raised $4400 for Victorian bushfire disaster relief yesterday following an appeal at school assembly on Tuesday.

Coffs Harbour High School P&C publicity officer Sally Grice said the school's Student Representative Council had raised the idea; individual students and parents had given $3400 and the P&C had donated $1000.

  • PEG Mavin of Moonee, who launched a bushfire appeal for clothing, household goods and money yesterday, is asking people to collect and box their goods and write on the boxes what they contained, but keep them at home for now and to make money their first contribution.

Mrs Mavin, the owner of The Clothes Peg boutique at Moonee Beach Shopping Centre, said among the goods offered already had been doonas and a Queen Anne bed 'with all the trimmings', but at the moment many people were being accommodated in temporary accommodation. Mrs Mavin can be contacted on 0401 088 457.

She said she was accepting cash donations at The Clothes Peg for the Red Cross and would advise people via this newspaper when it was time to bring in the boxes.

  • OPAL Cove Resort will donate $1 towards Victorian bushfire disaster relief for every room night sold at the resort for the next four weeks and is challenging other resorts and accommodation providers to do the same.

“Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all those who have lost loved ones, personal possessions and livelihoods as a result of the horrendous Victorian fire disaster,” said resort food and beverage manager Janelle Turner.

RITCHIES Supa IGA company has kicked off donations to the Victorian fire disaster with an immediate $100,000 donation to the Red Cross.

All Coffs Coast Ritchie's stores will now accept cash donations that will see 100 per cent of the money channelled to the Salvation Army bushfire relief appeal.

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