Fundraisers for fire victims

The new Byron Bay fundraising group, Byron to the Bush, has started its bushfire appeal and will host two events this weekend.

The events, to be held at the Beach Hotel, will raise money for the Red Cross appeal for devastated Australians affected by the Victorian bushfires.

 Contributions will also go to the wildlife rescue fund for the Victorian region, as well as to victims of the recent floods in Queensland. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

The major event will be held on Sunday (March 8), from 11am to 2pm. A raffle and a Mexican barbecue will be run by the Byron Bay Lions Club opposite the hotel in Apex Park, and the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club hold a sausage sizzle at the other end of the park.

There will be entertainment including a fire engine on show for children, and live rescue demonstrations in the water by the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service.

Festivities continue from 2pm to 6pm at the Beach Hotel, with a welcome by Byron Shire Mayor, Jan Barham, and auctions and raffles conducted by well-known Byron Bay personalities.

Entertainment includes performances by Australian music legend Brian Cadd, soul singer Lisa Hunt, Byron’s own Kurtis, 12-piece soul outfit Soul’d, and stand-up comedians Sandy Gandhi and George Smilovici. There will also be a special appearance by the NSW finalist of the Miss World Competition, Rique Sharman. A major auction with $20,000 to $30,000 worth of items will be held, as well as a host of raffles.

Entry to the evening event is a $10 minimum donation.

The second fundraiser will be a ‘Byron to the Bush’ special dinner at the Pacific Dining Room at The Beach Hotel tomorrow, Friday (March 6). Diners will experience four courses prepared by some of the best Byron Bay chefs from Raes, Dish, Satiate and the Pacific Dining Room.

The cost is $150 per head and includes wine.

To book your table, contact or phone 66807055.

The Byron to the Bush team includes Jan Barham; Beach Hotel manager Elke van Haandel; Bluesfest director Peter Noble; Margaret Robertson of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation; Ed Ahern of Byron United and Ian Cohen, Upper House MLC, NSW State Government.

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