Words by Holly Penfold
2020 is officially here! However unfortunately, we wish that Australia had begun this decade on a happier note.
Since August 2019, countless bushfires have been burning throughout Australia – beginning in New South Wales, spreading across to Victoria and now South Australia’s beloved, Kangaroo Island. It’s been recorded that the fires have burnt almost 15million acres across Australia, and the death toll has now risen to 25 people. Over 1,500 homes have been lost, and an estimated 500million animals have died in NSW alone. These statistics and the impact these fires have had on our country, are beyond devastating.
Girl About Town has curated a list from our clients, about the different ways you can help contribute a donation to charities who are helping those affected by the bushfires.
Class A Jewellers
In an effort to provide help to those affected by the fires, Class A Jewellers will be donating a $10,500 sapphire and diamond ring to be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds being donated to charities, particularly those who have been affected in the South Australia region.
To place your bid, head to: http://couriermail.digitaleditions.com.au
The Hurley Hotel Group
The Hurley Hotel Group will be running a donation drive throughout their various hotels across SA, with a goal of raising $50,000 for Blaze Aid, in order to support Australians and those close to home in South Australia. The $50,000 donation will go directly to BlazeAid and buying materials to re-build 20km and other farming infrastructures that have been destroyed by the bushfires. Customers can donate loose change into tins displayed on the bars and/or add a $2 donation (or more) to their order at the tills. The following Hurley Hotel Group hotels that you can donate at are:
Ivory Tavern & Marina
Port Lincoln Hotel
Torrens Arms Hotel
The Alma Tavern, also owned by the Hurley Hotel Group, ran their own promotion with $1 from every main meal purchased, being donated to BlazeAid. Head on down to one of these hotels and support this amazing cause that can effectively help many Australians.
For further information head to: http://www.hurleyhotelgroup.com.au/our-business/our-hotels
Beach Hotel Seaford
On the 24th of January, the Beach Hotel in Seaford will be holding a fundraiser at their hotel to raise some much-needed money for Kangaroo Island.
The talented Trent Bell will be performing LIVE, with all ticket sales going to the fundraiser plus the Beach Hotel and GM hotels will match every ticket sold with a further $10 donation.
With every schnitzel purchased on the day, $10 will also be donated as well as wine raffle that will be held throughout the night that will be supporting the affected wineries in South Australia. All money raised will go straight to the KI Mayoral relief and recovery bushfire fund where you can also donate directly to at:
Time of event: 6pm onwards
Location: Commercial Road &, Griffiths Dr, Seaford SA 5169
GAJA by Sashi
MasterChef 2018 winner Sashi Cheliah will have two special curries available at his Pirie Street restaurant, GAJA by Sashi, this week. Featured on his own MasterChef season is his Madurai Chicken Curry ($38) or for vegetarians the Madurai Veg Curry ($30) will be available for lunch and dinner on Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th, where 100% of proceeds made from these dishes will be donated to the National Bushfire disaster Appeal.
Can’t wait? Donate here at: https://www.communit yenterprisefoundation.com.au/make-a-donation/national-bushfire-disaster-appeal/
Make up Masterclass
Created by Jessica Lu from @glambar.co, Jessica alongside a team of well-known Adelaide based makeup artists and hair stylists, will be uniting together to hold a ticketed masterclass for all beauty lovers. 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to charities who are helping victims, fire fighters and animals affected by the bushfires.
For further information about the masterclass head to Laura’s Instagram handle @laurapalumbo_beauty
Vacay Swimwear is holding a special raffle to raise funds for the Country Fire Service foundation to support the volunteers from our home state, South Australia. The winner of the raffle will receive 10 pairs of Vacay Swim Shorts and will be announced on January 31st, 2019. The raffle is just $50 (with after-pay available) and Vacay Swimwear pledge to donate 100% of the sales to the CFS.
To enter the raffle head to: https://vacayswimwear.com.au/collections/bush-fire-raffle/products/bushfire-raffle
For the next two weeks at Adelaide’s Lotus Lounge, all staff tips and proceeds from the ‘Tropical Thunder’ shot will be donated to the CFS! Shots are $7 each or $5 for $25.
Get down to Lotus Lounge located 268 Morphett Street, Adelaide CBD, and enjoy a shot for a good cause.
From the team at GAT we send our love to those who have been affected by the bushfires, the fire fighters and volunteers, and those who have already donated/will be participating in our client fundraisers. Xo