Gross sales from Causeway businesses in Victor Harbor will go to KI bushfire fund

The Causeway Business Precinct operators are all behind raising funds for the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.
The Causeway Business Precinct operators are all behind raising funds for the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.

The Causeway Plaza Precinct Business Community is certainly playing their part in supporting bushfire victims on Kangaroo Island.

On January 26 (Australia Day), five of the businesses will donate 25 per cent of gross sales to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.

The Causeway Cafe will give the first two hours (8am to 10am) of coffee takings to the fund and then owners Matt and Kieran will match that figure.

Spokesperson for the precinct Daryl Girdler said the fires have been devastating for Kangaroo Island and all over Australia.

"All our businesses here at the Causeway rely on tourism, so we understand that the economy on the island would have taken a big hit.

There has been a terrible loss of lives, property and stock, so any little thing we can do as a community here, we hope, will help in some way," Mr Girdler said.

The businesses involved include Girdler Family Amusements, Causeway Cafe, Strawberries Galore, Seaside Fish and Chips, Dunes Mini Golf, Healy's Camel and Pony Rides and the Donut Cafe Victor Harbor.

Kym Healy said he knows first hand the tragic circumstances that are happening on KI.

"I have a mate on the island who is witnessing horrendous sights.

"Farmers are having to kill their stock humanely, as the sheep and cattle are walking around the blackened paddocks with no eyes, ears and in terrible pain," Mr Healy said.

"There are stories of 1500 cattle and 800 sheep having to be put down on different properties and this is happening all over KI.

So this is my motivation for my business to be part of this initiative to donate 25 per cent of gross sales on Australia Day, so we can help in just a small way the community of KI.

"The recovery could take years."

It is gestures like this that has come to the fore over the past few weeks as fires have wreaked havoc all over the country.

"Victor Harbor is a fantastic tourist destination and so is Kangaroo Island. We need to do our bit to help that jewel of Australia get on its feet," Daryl said.

"So please come to the Causeway precinct and enjoy a coffee, a donut, a strawberry, some fish 'n' chips, a game of mini golf, a ride on one of the many amusements and a ride on a camel, it will be a time you will not forget.

"Make a day of it, as what you spend will aid the bushfire victims on KI."

The generosity and care of the Causeway business precinct is synonymous of what is happening all around Australia with fires affecting every state.

Lions clubs at Yankalilla and Victor Harbor and Port Elliot, Red Cross, the Salvation Army, sporting clubs, markets and the holding of the Black Tie and Boardies Ball in Middleton, which hopes to raise $20,000 on Friday, January 24 are glowing examples of groups rallying together to assist all that have been impacted by the fires.

It seems that everyone has risen to the occasion to ensure Kangaroo Island gets back on its feet quickly and this community must be congratulated for their efforts in helping those in need at this difficult time.

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