Easton business owners raise funds for Australian wildfires

Written by on January 23, 2020

Easton business owners raise funds for Australian wildfires

By Jen Rehill

January 23, 2020

Photo |Courtesy of Tucker Silk Mill Facebook Page

A local effort to support firefighters in Australia drew hundreds of people to Easton over the weekend — and far surpassed organizers’ hopes for donations. 

Restaurants Tucker Silk Mill and Pie + Tart announced yesterday [Wednesday] that the Aussie Bushfire Benefit raised more than $23,000 for the ‘New South Wales’ Rural Fire Service. That’s more than double the original goal of $10,000.

We caught up with organizer Tucker Silk Mill co-owner Jason Hoy during the event on Sunday. Hoy says he has been overwhelmed by the response.

“It kind of confirms how I feel about Easton, and how generous the town is we live in. There’s a really great community spirit and it really testifies to that.,” said Hoy.

Hoy says at least 500 people turned out for the event, while others donated online. Tucker Silk Mill is continuing to take donations through its Facebook page.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has 74,000 volunteer members and provides emergency services to more than 95 percent of the southeastern Australian state.


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