Support from far and wide

Watervale General Store are raising funds for Red Cross' bushfire relief throughout the course of the month. Owner Louise Haines, pictured, said over $300 had already been raised.
Watervale General Store are raising funds for Red Cross' bushfire relief throughout the course of the month. Owner Louise Haines, pictured, said over $300 had already been raised.

Communities from the Clare Valley and Mid North have continued to support charity events to help those who have been impacted by bushfires.

As the devastation continues to come to light following the (still going) Kangaroo Island, Cudlee Creek and the fires interstate, the community is still well and truly behind raising funds for those who need it most.

Sometimes it's money and others it's items, such as UHF radios, to assist with the emergencies.

Stockman Electronics, of Burra, owner Tim Stockman wondered how he could help, he saw a post from State MP Leon Bignell requesting communications for the island and thought that would be the best way to assist.

"I just thought, I sell radios, the least I can do is throw a couple in and thought some of my customers might like to help out," Mr Stockman said. Mr Bignell's electorate covers the entirety of Kangaroo Island.

After communications broke down on the island, Mr Stockman, a firefighter himself, thought this would be the best way to get immediate help to the volunteers.

He also stocks the radios and has access to suppliers - so got the best-suited for the crews on the ground (water resistant and car chargeable).

Mr Stockman put a call out to his customers and before long he had organised nine units to get to Mr Bignell's office in Adelaide.

"These were then pooled with others that then went over. It cost a bit of my time but I'm doing what I can."

Mr Stockman said freight charges were covered by suppliers and the nine radios, valued at about $2000 (in total) made their way to Kangaroo Island late last week.

"...they (the suppliers) were really good, they gave me better than bulk buy price for them."

"People (my customers) saw it as a really useful and tangible thing...they saw it as a wise way to use their money. We could get therm there fast enough to be useful," Mr Stockman said.

The donations to help bushfire victims, both in the state and interstate, don't stop there.

Throughout the duration of January, Watervale General Store accepted donations for the Australian Red Cross.

With an aim to raise $500, the money would be donated to the charity's Disaster and Recovery Fund.

In just over a week, the business had raised a total of $342.

Donations: Sassy Lass not only donated 100 percent of profits, but they also had a donations jar going for those who stopped in. Photo: Facebook.

Donations: Sassy Lass not only donated 100 percent of profits, but they also had a donations jar going for those who stopped in. Photo: Facebook.

Several businesses were also giving part, or all of, their profits from last week to various causes.

Sassy Lass in Riverton donated 100 per cent of its profits from the week - which tallied more than $4200 - to a number of charities.

Sassy Lass owner Bronwyn Campbell said she wanted to make a personal donation to a cause but, like many others, didn't know where to start.

That's when she decided to donate 100 per cent of her profits from trading last week, January 7 to close of business on January 11.

With an anonymous donor from Adelaide matching dollar for dollar, Bronwyn and her customers were able to split the total across six different charities.

"It's every little bit (that counts) and it's what ever any one can donate. There's lots of people doing wonderful things which is really good," Brownyn said.

The six charities they were able to donate to included: Australian Red Cross, the Country Fire Service, SA Bushfire Appeal, Adelaide Koala Rescue, Kangaroo Island Mayor's appeal and the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

"We tried to do as much for SA as we could."

In Auburn, A Joyful Bunch owner Di Tilley fundraised $1400 to be given to BlazeAid to help rebuild fences.

For love: Bronwyn Campbell, of Sassy Lass in Riverton, worked for love last week as she donated 100 per cent of her profits to a number of organisations. Photo: SUPPLIED.

For love: Bronwyn Campbell, of Sassy Lass in Riverton, worked for love last week as she donated 100 per cent of her profits to a number of organisations. Photo: SUPPLIED.