Charities join forces to host fundraisers for bushfire victims on Macleay Island

TWO Macleay Island charities have teamed up to host fundraisers in aid of those affected by the bushfire crisis.

BAND: Swampfish duo Kim Downs and Liz Hall-Downs will perform their trademark songs at the Progress Hall on Saturday, January 11. Photo: Meg Geering

BAND: Swampfish duo Kim Downs and Liz Hall-Downs will perform their trademark songs at the Progress Hall on Saturday, January 11. Photo: Meg Geering

The Macleay Island Progress Association and Lions Club have invited local bands to perform over the weekend at two venues to help raise money for the Salvation Army fire disaster appeal.

Shapeshifters will kick off the fundraising weekend during a stand alone Friday night event, playing their trademark tunes at Willow and Oak fruit and vegetable shop from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

The main event - to be held on Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Progress Hall - will include performances from Swampfish and Johnny Dee along with an art auction featuring donated paintings and other works.

Food and refreshments will also be available.

Macleay Island Progress Association member Robin Harris said the fundraisers were organised in just a few days.

"We kicked off on Saturday with just a hub of an idea and talked to our friends on the island and it has gone from there," he said.

Mr Harris said a previous fire on Macleay Island had exposed locals to the realities of the current bushfire situation.

"I think many of us can understand what is going on," he said.

"There are also friends and relatives that are really close to some of these fire and some have even been directly affected.

"There is a lot of feeling in the community about the affects of climate change and the need to be prepared and do something about it."

Mr Harris said the Macleay Island Progress Association were hoping to raise as much money as possible during the two events and were immensely grateful for those supporting the appeal.

The Progress Hall is located at 26-30 Russell Terrace.

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