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Residents show their charitable side


Sound the alarm – Williamtown Salt Ash Fire Brigade’s coffers are now $2,000 fatter thanks to the generous bunch at Banksia Grove.

The residents of the over-55 village in Williamtown raised more than $1,000 for the service through two garage sales, to which they donated various items for sale, from clothes and jewellery to furniture and bric-a-brac.

Richard Black (group manager residents relations at Hampshire Property Group, to which Banksia Grove belongs) then matched the donation dollar-for-dollar on behalf of the Hampshire group.

The donation was gifted to the fire brigade by residents committee president, Dot Harland, at a Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser at the village on Friday.

Williamtown Salt Ash Fire Brigade is always the first to respond when the village is under threat from fire.

“It is always a great pleasure to help the brigade,” Dot said.
“They do so much for our residents, from checking smoke alarms to fighting bush fires. We hope this money raised can help towards buying of new equipment to make their job easier in the future.”

To mark the occasion, they couldn’t pass up a photo opportunity with the crew and fire truck.

Money raised at Friday’s Biggest Morning Tea went to the Cancer Council to help fund cancer research and support programs – a total of $2,000.

Hampshire group donated $500 of this, in addition to contributions from Medowie Pharmacy, Marketplace Raymond Terrace, Woolworths Central Plaza, Raymond Terrace, and of course the generous residents of Banksia Grove.

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