Riverglen Marina residents raise $5000 for CFS Foundation

A fundraiser at White Sands has raised more than $5300 for firefighters and their families in the wake of the Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island bushfires.

More than 300 people in 135 vehicles turned up to the event at Riverglen Marina on February 2.

Invites were initially sent to members of Murray Bridge common interest group Cars and Coffee, but quickly spread to the local branch of the motorbike-riding Ulysses Club and throughout the community.

Six Jervois Country Fire Service (CFS) volunteers brought three trucks along and collected cash in a fire hat, while several musicians - including a band, the Wild Ones, which reformed for the occasion - provided entertainment.

Residents and friends sold food and drink they had donated, and raffle tickets, and managed a silent auction of goods donated by more than a dozen local businesses.

Proceeds from the day will be presented to the CFS Foundation, which provides financial assistance to CFS volunteers and their families if they suffer death, injury or property damage while in the line of service.

The event was an initiative of the marina community, whose members had got together in early January to discuss how they might help support local Country Fire Service volunteers and their colleagues.

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