A close shave to help firefighters

Karen HuntManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bernadette Johnstone, centre, pictured at the Hampton Street fire station with Bridgetown Bush Fire Brigade incident support manager Kevin Wrightson and captain Millie Nedelkovski. Credit: Karen Hunt
Camera IconBernadette Johnstone, centre, pictured at the Hampton Street fire station with Bridgetown Bush Fire Brigade incident support manager Kevin Wrightson and captain Millie Nedelkovski. Credit: Karen Hunt

A Bridgetown resident is urging the town to get behind her fundraising drive for fire brigades in the area.

Bernadette Johnstone said the Nannup bushfires prompted her to take action, reminding her how much volunteer firefighters do for the community.

“I used to be a member of the support brigade when I lived here before so I appreciate what they do,” Ms Johnstone said.

She will be shaving her hair off at The Cidery on December 30 to raise money.

Proceeds are to be divided between the Bridgetown Bush Fire Brigade, which supports volunteer firefighters, and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.

Fundraising is an ongoing concern for the brigade, captain Millie Nedelkovski said.

After upgrading its communications vehicle, the brigade is looking to upgrade its catering van and other equipment.

Money from Ms Johnstone’s campaign could go towards hotboxes to keep food warm.

As of Monday, she had pledges for $525 but wanted to raise four times that amount.

“I thought a good way to see out the year would be if I could aim for $2016,” Ms Johnstone said.

“I’ll be selling raffle tickets on the night and whoever wins the raffle can do the shave so that will be good fun.”

Bunbury band Miss T and the Eclectics will be playing on the night, she said.

Donations can be made online via the Go Fund Me website or at businesses in Bridgetown including The Cidery and Boho Vintage.

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