Community raises $14,000 for Pearl Beach fire brigade
The Pearl Beach community has raised about $14,000 for the local fire brigade through two sausage sizzles at the weekly family bingo nights in the Memorial Hall.
The idea was initiated by the Pearl Beach Safety Advisory Group with help from members of the Pearl Beach Progress Association.
Association communications officer Ms Lynne Lillico said the Pearl Beach brigade needed additional equipment that was not automatically provided by the Rural Fire Service.
"Their wish list includes two-way radios for the local community volunteers, night lights at the Pearl Beach station, fit-out for the station extension, and another community fire unit trailer including equipment," Mrs Lillico said.
"The unit volunteers do not have any two-way radios, and the ones the RFS volunteers have need updating."
Mrs Lillico said an overwhelming response on both days from visitors and the local community through raffles sales, cash donations and the sausage sizzle sales.
"Raffle prize contents were generously donated by local businesses and residents and hampers packed with a variety of goodies plus gift vouchers were offered as prizes on both days."
State Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch and Federal Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks both attended, acknowledged the effort of the brigade and congratulated the local community for generously supporting it.
Mrs Lillico said the two events would not have been possible without the support from Pearl Beach residents who selflessly gave of their time in planning, selling raffle tickets, shopping, setting up, barbecue preparation and cooking.
Media release, 16 Jan 2020
Lynne Lillico, Pearl Beach Progress Association
Photos by Duncan Bridel