Stars per­form for fire-af­fected re­gion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

X Fac­tor star Big T lit up the Kar­ratha Coun­try Club at the week­end as the com­mu­nity con­tin­ued to dig deep to aid re­lief ef­forts for the Har­vey-Wa­roona bush­fire.

The event was or­gan­ised to raise money for the South West bush­fire ap­peal and fea­tured Big T, Kaadence, stalls, a char­ity auc­tion, pony rides and local artists.

At time of print, nearly $22,000 had been raised on the night, with more still to be counted.

Rio Tinto has do­nated 40 tonnes of hay from its Hamer­s­ley Agri­cul­tural Project to the bush­fire re­lief ef­fort as well.The hay is be­ing pro­vided to the Mur­ray Eques­trian Club, which is co-or­di­nat­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of the much­needed an­i­mal feed to the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

Rio Tinto com­mu­ni­ties and agri­cul­ture man­ager An­drew Turner said the do­na­tion was a way of supporting the local com­mu­nity dur­ing a ter­ri­ble time.

“The fires have dev­as­tated the farm­ing com­mu­nity across thou­sands of hectares in the South West and we are re­ally pleased that we can as­sist through our do­na­tion,” he said.

Some 50 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers and Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices staff from al­most ev­ery sta­tion in the Pil­bara put their hands up to help fight off the rag­ing fires.

Pic­ture: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto do­nated hay to farm­ers af­fected by the Wa­roona bush­fire.

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