Soggybones raises more than $5k for fire appeal

Dunsborough retail business Soggybones has raised more than $5,500 for the Red Cross Fire Appeal after hosting a special barbecue fundraiser.

More than 400 people attended the three-hour fundraiser at Dunsborough Skate Park on Thursday evening, January 9, which featured live music from local three-piece Purple Urchin, the fire brigade and a raffle draw.

Soggybones owner Luke Ward said he felt compelled to use his position to help those in need and that he was thrilled with the event's success.

"I have always been taught, by both my parents and grandparents, that if there are people in need, you help them," he said.

"I think it's just human nature to reach out at a time like this. I guess that, in the position I'm in, I have the ability to reach a few people.

"I made a poster and it took off from there. I'm glad it was [bigger than expected], because we were there to raise money for people in need. I'm stoked we could do our part. It was a good community event for a good cause."

Countless local businesses and families donating generously to the cause, with Eagle Bay Brewery donating goods and helping with the barbecue and Dunsborough Dome Cafe and La Casina Restaurant dropping off more than $750 in donations.

Mr Ward said it was heartwarming to see local children getting behind the cause too, pitching in by donating their own pocket money.

"I know one of the families made cupcakes and a little lemonade stand and brought the $82 to us," he said.

"Another family donated $200. Kids - they're our market. Seeing them and their families get behind it was great, because it's that generation that are going to have to deal with this.

"They don't understand the politics behind it, but what they do understand is how to help those in need and they're passionate about doing it.

"I wasn't expecting to raise that much, but a lot of people and businesses got behind it. It was really cool. It's a great community."

Mr Ward extended a huge thanks to those that donated and helped to make the fundraiser a success, but said the real thank you would come from those that needed the donations the most.

"We did something in our small community that will contribute to our country - that's what's most important," he said.