Mullumbimby Farmers Market will be collecting donations of produce for local bushfire victims this Friday 7 February. Customers are encouraged to add some extra items to their baskets tomorrow, then take them to the drop-off table at the market. Bushfire victims staying in Brunswick Heads next week, as part of the Bushfire R& R Bruns Project, will receive the food.
The donations will be kept in cold storage over the weekend before it is delivered to the guests, so all items are welcome, except for the most perishable, such as leafy greens.
Market manager Allie Godfrey said the food donations were a way the local community could offer direct help to those in our region who been severely affected by the fires.
The food will go to guests from areas such as Rappville, Wyan, Whiporie, Nana Glen and Casino, who are enjoying a break as part of the Bushfire R & R in Bruns project. Local accommodation providers have donated accommodation, and the wider community have donated other items such as beachwear, water sports equipment, toys and vouchers. These, and the fresh produce, can be picked up at the Bushfire R & R Bazaar at the Brunswick Heads School gates on Monday.
Ms Godfrey said many farmers had been hit hard by the drought this year, so rather than ask them to donate, customers could add a little extra to their baskets to give to the fire victims.
‘This is a great way to support our farmers who have been struggling with the drought as well as the people who have been affected by the fires.’ The market is also hoping to hear from anyone willing to volunteer their time to help man the stall. If you are able to spare a few hours, contact Allie Godfrey on 6677 1345 or email [email protected]
The Bushfire R& R in Bruns project also continues to welcome cash donations that will go directly to the fire victims staying in Brunswick Heads in February. To make a donation, contact Valerie Hardy on 0412 042 004.