With bushfires still burning across the country and months left of fire season, these Wimmera businesses are paying it forward.
My Yoga Well founder Ali Briggs-Miller has been running a bushfire recovery auction in collaboration with female business owners from the Wimmera in the Business Wimm'n collective.
Mrs Briggs-Miller has been auctioning one or two items a day for the past week on Facebook, with all proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross.
"It has been fantastic and so lovely to see how many businesses have jumped on board to donate things," she said. "As business owners we wanted to do what we could. We've been very lucky at this point in the way we have lots of resources and haven't been too affected by fires."
Mrs Briggs-Miller decided to do the auction after reading that money was the best way to contribute.
"I have a few friends in East Gippsland and the extensive coverage of how devastating the fires have been for animals and people really affected me," she said.
Mrs Briggs-Miller said she would keep running the auction until she ran out of items and they announce the total raised.
Horsham West and Haven Primary School teacher Rachel Hateley has been donating all the profits from ads on her craft videos on YouTube to the Animal Rescue Collective. The funds will help provide food, water, blankets, medicine and other support for wildlife affected by the bushfires.
Meanwhile, Nash Restaurant in Stawell hosted a Bushfire Relief Benefit Day on Saturday with all proceeds donated to bushfire relief.The restaurant offered Indian meals for $25 and live music performed by Russ Kellett who donated his time.
Hot Box Kebabs in Horsham donated all their profits on Saturday to organisations assisting with bushfire recovery, spread between the CFA, Bendigo Bank Bushfire Appeal and the RSPCA.
Horsham Masala donated 20 per cent from sales between January 7 and 12 to bushfire affected communities.
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