Kingscliff & District Chamber of Commerce will present twenty seven Cudgen Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers with ‘Thank You’ Hampers for their tireless work this fire season today.
President James Owen said “It started with a decision from the Chamber to forgo our social function, in lieu of making a donation to a worthy cause, and from there it grew into an incredible community effort.”
“We decided to approach the Cudgen RFS because we knew they’d been fighting fires for weeks.
“When I spoke to Troy Middlebrook, Cudgen RFS Captain, to ask him how we could help, he said “everyone is getting tired, the Far North Coast crews had been fighting the Mt Nardi and Myall Creek fires for weeks.”
Troy added “It amazes me how much money and time has been sacrificed to help the community from RFS members.”
“It was then that I knew we had to do something for the volunteers and their families,” Mr Owen said.
“When you consider the large amounts of time they’ve spent away from their families, and their work, often unpaid, in stressful and dangerous conditions, I felt that the volunteers and their families could do with a bit of TLC” Mr Owen said.
“So I started speaking to some of our local businesses to see if they would like to contribute something to put a smile on the RFS volunteers and their families faces this Christmas and the response was overwhelming.
“We’ve received gifts and vouchers worth around $7000 from the following amazing local businesses:
- Angel Nails @ Kingscliff Shopping Village
- Brothers Cafe
- Chinny Brew
- Cubby Bakehouse
- Daily Grind @ Kingscliff Shopping Village
- Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club
- Kingscliff & District Chamber of Commerce
- Kingscliff Shopping Village
- Kingscliff Cellars @ Kingscliff Shopping Village
- Madura Tea
- Noys Nic Nax @ Kingscliff Shopping Village
- Perfect Last Bite – (Osteria, Baked at Ancora)
- Red Earth Brewery
- Red Monkey @ Kingscliff Shopping Village
- Salt Bar
- Tropical Fruit World
“All these businesses have displayed incredible generosity, passion and community spirit and I hope the Cudgen RFS volunteers and their families or friends enjoy the hampers and know that the Kingscliff community are so very appreciative of the work they do.
Mr Owen and other Chamber members will present he hampers at the Cudgen RFS monthly meeting today, Wednesday 18 Dec, at the RFS headquarters on Tweed Coast Road at 6:30pm.