The Balingup Bushfire Brigade, Mitigation Group, held a raffle outside the General Store yesterday, i.e. Saturday morning, 16 December 2017.
Many local people come to the store to buy the weekend papers and get petrol so it is a busy spot on Saturday mornings.
The prize included three low flammability trees, fire extinguisher for car, fire blanket, mop and steel bucket for putting out embers and gardening tools for pruning and/or removal of excess vegetation.
As soon as we mentioned the raffle was to raise funds for the local Bushfire Brigade, we got a very friendly response.
Thus we had a mitigation theme which gave us a chance to explain to people how the items would help reduce risk from fire. It was a way of meeting people in an informal context and talking about a topical issue, with the bushfire season here.
It was $2 a ticket and some kind souls donated extra. In all we raised $265.40.