Paul and Lesley Turton of Korumburra had the winning bid for this towering fiddle-leaf fig in the Friends of the Borough fundraising auction. kg110320

Brad Carr of West Creek helped spruik auction items including this Akubra hat, which sold for $530. kg080320

Organiser of the Friends of the Borough fundraiser Jacob Blackney (third from left) with supporters Mark Heath of Gippsland Wine Company, Narelle Jones of Burra Brewing Co, and John Kennedy of the Bicycle Fitting Store. kg100320

By Kirra Grimes

IT WAS a night to remember as the community of Korumburra and surrounds embraced the spirit of the Friends of the Borough fundraiser last week, digging deep to deliver just under $22,000 to bushfire relief efforts.
The Wednesday evening event saw Korumburra’s Borough Dept Store buzzing with positive energy as hundreds of people came together to show their support for bushfire-affected communities, enjoying live music, local food and wine, and a mammoth auction of donated goods and services, with all proceeds going to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.
The Borough’s Jacob Blackney was blown away by the success of the event, which was organised in just a week, with around 100 local businesses jumping at the chance to help out, and $2000 worth of tickets selling out in no time.
“All the food was donated; we had donations from eight different wineries and the Loch and Korumburra breweries. We didn’t have to ask – businesses and services came to us,” he said.
“After it sold out, we had lots of people
calling us, messaging us trying to get tickets. I’m speechless. The turnout, the generosity – it’s just amazing. It makes you very proud of the community.”
Jacob said the idea of the event was to fight the feeling of “helplessness” many people are experiencing in the wake of the unprecedented bushfire crisis.
“The whole Borough crew really wanted to do something. And it’s turned out bigger and better than we could’ve imagined,” he said.

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