A caring young woman has shaved her head to raise funds for Wauchope firefighters and, with the help of Hibbard sports club, the result was hair-raising.
Ashlea Sparrow works at Coles at Lighthouse Beach and as trolleys of donated groceries stacked up after the recent bushfires, she decided to do something herself.
"It's really inspiring to see the community pull together. I had an idea that I wanted to cut my hair and a girlfriend suggested that I do a fundraiser," said Ashlea.
Hibbard Sports Club in Port Macquarie were holding a gig, and when Ashlea asked if she could fundraise for Wauchope Rural Fire Brigade, they put her face on a bucket and passed it around the punters.
"I got my girlfriend to snip my hair and then shave it. I thought we might raise a couple of hundred bucks. We ended up making $1,300 and on top of that, I got $200 from a GoFundMe account," said a delighted Ashlea.
"With everything that's been going on lately with the fires, and we see how hard the firies work and how much effort they put in, I was really happy to do my little bit," she added.
Tam Langborne from Hibbard Sports Club is a strong supporter of rural firefighters, and was very pleased to support Ashlea's efforts.
"Some of my family are rural firies, and it's very important to us. They risk their lives for other people's families. Hibbard is a very small club, and it's very family-oriented, and we appreciate what the firefighters do," said Tam.
Wauchope Rural Fire Brigade captain Donna Anthony said they were touched by the support of the community.
"This money will help us buy some much-needed equipment, which is really good," she said.
Wauchope Rural Fire Brigade was established in 1991. They are a volunteer brigade within the Mid Coast district of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. They deal with bushfires, grass fires, motor vehicle accidents and fires, structure fires, search and rescue and they help with flood and storm damage.
New volunteers are always welcome in Wauchope in a variety of roles and full training is provided. If you're interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information or go to the Wauchope Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page. Their station is at 108 Cameron Street in Wauchope.
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