The South Australian country communities are pitching in to offer support for bushfire ravaged areas

Communities all around the country are throwing their support behind bushfire appeals and the South Australian country communities are no different.


Made with Grace owner Jana Rogers, ofGladstone, is just one person who, with a number of other businesses in the Mid and Upper North, has fundraised several thousands of dollar for bushfire victims.

Not knowing where to start, but wanting to help, she approached a few business friends and asked if they would like to donate an item to an online raffle - known more commonly as a giant 'dip'.

Once word began to spread, the donations came in thick and fast - mainly from Gladstone, Clare, Port Pirie and Quorn.

"We have had so many businesses willing to help. Everyone just wants to help," Ms Rogers said.

With about $5000 in prizes up for grabs, spread across three winners, Ms Rogers hoped the raffle would make the money to cover the donations.

Little did Ms Rogers know it would 'go off' and they had to increase the amount of the total appeal to $20,000.

At $5 a ticket, it didn't take long before the tally of entrants also crept up. Within just a few hours the mega dip had hit its target, raising $22,468.

With more than 4000 dips to number, and thanks to an IT friend for support to give each entrant an allocated amount of tickets, Ms Rogers said the total was donated to the Red Cross.

But, it won't stop there.

So much support will see another mega dip happen and potentially a third.

With each business that has pledged an item putting their own social media post online, the audience reach throughout South Australia and further afield was huge.

It is hoped the second mega dip will see the donations given to the Country Fire Service.

"A massive thank you to the donors, without them this would not have been possible. Please check out their pages and send them some love," Ms Rogers said.

Keep your eye on Facebook and search Made with Grace to see when the next mega dip will happen.

Businesses who have donated included Lauren Venables - Metalicious by Lauren, Julie Brown - Windchime Melodies, Robyn Durdin - Heart & Knot, Katie Ballantyne - Katie's Hair Boutique, Debra Hunter and Jana Rogers - Made with Grace & MWG Event Hire, Tracey Shelton - Tiny Terrors & Co, Kate Millard- Kate Millard Photography, Keeley Wastell- Scents from the Hive, Amanda Akker - Scentsy, Petina Walsh - OmMade, Chantelle Kendall- Pearl of Beauty, Kate Seidel- Lorraine Lea Linen, Kellie Sims- Kekkii, Rachel Sharp - Little Oak Studio, Kellie Raynor - Fancy Trims by Kellie Raynor, Claire Magliulo-Country Made, Images by Claire, Olivia Sadler- Miss Miley, Jessica Zuckers- J'lees Salon, Karina Manno- 3 Sisters Gifts, Samara Conradi- Snuffle Mats, made by Samara, Christie Lee Simpson- Jimmy Jones, Marley Freer- Pretty Little Bead Boutique, Kylie Talbot- Bodyshop, Ashley Chelsea Haywood- Mrs Mooses Masterly Hookings, Thomas Maywald- Comfort Inn Flinders on Main, Thea Gray-Hobbs - Fleurieu Creations, Sharyn Smith- Car detail, Hannah Conradi I&B designs and Kate Bellman - Resin Art.

Fleurieu Peninsula

A swathe of groups and individuals are working hard across theFleurieu Peninsula to fundraise in support of those affected by bushfires in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island.

A Quiz Nightwill be held in conjunction with the Red Cross at the Encounter Bay Football Club from 7pm on Friday, January 31.

All funds raised will go towards South Australian bushfire relief. Tables of 8 or 10 are available, as are individual bookings. Book via: 85523519 or 0402279807.

On Wednesday, January 8, the staff at the Chiton Surf Life Saving Cafe donated their wages for the day and all coffee proceeds to the Kangaroo Island Bushfire Mayoral Fund.

The Beachside Markets on The Esplanade, will be running a raffle and fundraiser for local CFS branches involved with fighting fires on Kangaroo Island and interstate, on Sunday January 12.

On Australia Day, January 26, the Causeway Business Community in Victor Harbor will donate 25 percent of gross sales to bushfire relief.

The Roos Club is planning an event for March 1, at the Victor Harbor Oval, to raise funds for the CFS.

A bushfire appeal fundraiser gig is set to host a number of bands at Goolwa Football Club on January 18, with all proceeds going to the CFS.

Tools for blokes is accepting tools and equipment donations for the rebuild efforts on Kangaroo Island. Call Marj 0401085950 or email toolsfor

The Pirate's Seachest, is collecting donations for the Red Cross and donating $2 from every dozen oysters sold to the Mayors KI appeal.

Facebook group SA Bushfire Victim support, is doing a stellar job of coordinating relief efforts. Visit the page to see how you can help out those in need with aid.

The Animal Rescue Craft Guild is a national group, with locally based sewers coordinating donations of pouches and other sewn items to rescues and wildlife carers. They liaise with the carers to make sure they get what they need.

Victor Vets off Adamson Street are collecting donations for the wildlife on K.I. to make up medical aid packs.

Harcourts South Coast are donating and collecting donations on behalf of the food bank SA. All nonperishable items of food plus dog food and school books are welcomed.

The Boulevard Cafe on the Lake has a donation tin and is having a fundraiser dinner on Friday February 28.

The Middleton Tavern will donate $5 from every pint of beer, glass of wine and main meal sold on Friday, January 10 to the CFS Foundation and South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management.

Hash Tag That are pumping out decals to raise much needed funds for both the CFS Foundation and KI's wildlife rehabilitation. ALL proceeds from sales will be donated. Search for Hash Tag That on Facebook.

ANZ Kingscote and Victor Harbor recently identified a need for work-wear items on Kangaroo Island and Totally Workwear Victor Harbor were more than happy to help, donating six boxes of hi-vis gear, boots and other clothing. In addition, ANZ Victor Harbor and other branches across the state are raising funds via donation tins to contribute the KI Mayoral Bushfire Appeal.

Peninsula Providore are donating $6 from thedirect sale of each 500ml of extra virgin olive oil to the CFS Foundation until the end of February.

Clare Valley and Mid North

Clare Valley and Mid North residents are also doing their bit to help.

From fundraisers to percentages of sales and personal donations, there's someone lending a hand no matter which way you turn.

It's not just the money, either, a number of Country Fire Service volunteers have left their homes to help fight fires throughout South Australia and interstate.

In Clare, Shelley Thrussell and Sonia Goss will host two Metafit sessions on Sunday, January 12, with 100 per cent of all proceeds going towards the CFS.

One session will be held at Clare Town Oval from 9am with Sonia Goss and the second at Riverton from 6.30pm.

Sonia Goss, of Clare, said if anyone wanted to come along they were more than welcome to.

The sessions are $5 each, for more information, call Sonia on 0428 422 945 or Shelley on 0437 523 942 to book a spot.

Organisations in which you can donate to:

There's also a number of local businesses donating profits or a certain percent of sales to the bushfires.

They include Grace and Maple, Clare - 30 per cent of sales all week (from Sunday, January 5) to the Mayor's Bushfire Appeal at KI.

Sassy Lass, Riverton - 100 per cent of profits from this week (January 7-close of trading on Saturday, January 11).

Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre is donating $1 from every coffee sold this week to the CFS Foundation.


Regional Development Australia (RDA) will continue its role in communities, but with emphasis on bushfire impacted areas.

CEO Damien Cooke said RDA's role was not in the early crisis management, but in the promotion of programs and response initiatives from all levels of government, providing local intelligence to government, and actively pursuing the medium and long-term rebuilding of the region's economy and liveability.

"RDA's focus is squarely on redevelopment initiatives and infrastructure that supports our economy's key sectors including tourism and agriculture. Our role includes identification and prioritisation of needs and opportunities, funding the development of economic business cases, providing advice on funding sources and applications and advocacy work," Mr Cooke said.

"This requires a review of our budget for the balance of the 2019-20 financial year and close collaboration with our impacted councils, local recovery coordinators and the many stakeholders involved. We have had many people and organisations reach out to offer assistance and our team is looking forward to working with everyone on what will be a challenging opportunity to rebuild."