COMMUNITIES around the region are coming together as one to support the victims of the Bunkers Hill fire which claimed houses and saw millions of dollars worth of damage in March.
A fundraiser will be held at the Ballarat Trotting Club on May 31, with the goal to raise $100,000 for the victims of the fire which ravaged the region just south of Ballarat earlier this year.
One house and at least 10 sheds were lost during the blaze, but fencing has been the biggest loss, which is costing property owners thousands to fix.
Co-organiser and Bunkers Hills resident Kelly Dubberley said a group of local businesses including Dalziel Racing, Laser Cut Fire Pits, Avalon Nursery, Begonia City Fencing, McGrath Real Estate, Ross Barnett Design and Kwik Copy had all joined forces to help raise some money.
"We're in Bunkers Hill and we were one of the lucky ones, it got within about 200m of our house but fortunately the wind change came when it did," Mr Dubberley said. "But it's been very tough for so many of our neighbours.
"What's been obvious so far is that while insurance can cover the houses and the shed, the fencing has been a real killer for a lot of people and we are hoping to raise as much as we can to help cover some of the costs.
"We've got together a group of businesses and we were throwing around a target and we thought, $75,000, then we thought go the next step and try and raise $100,000.
"We've started a gofundme page to get it going."
Media personality Sam Kekovich has been confirmed as the guest speaker
Mr Dubberley said beneficiaries off the funraiser will be the home owners directly affected by the fires, with all money distributed to those who apply for a grant to be assessed by the major business partners for allocation.
Costs are $50 per head and includes a three course meal at the Terrace Restaurant, a race book and door prizes.
"We are also also seeking raffle items and auction items for the evening event and again if you are able to donate any item or experience at all this would be appreciated and assist in raising funds for those effected by the fires," Mr Dubberley said.
"For those that can't make this event it would be greatly appreciated to those effected by these fires if you could donate to the cause any amount will help."
The fundraiser will be held at the Ballarat Trotting Club on May 31. For tickets call Mr Dubberley on 0447 496 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or
If you can't make it on the night, but wish to make a donation, you can do so here.
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