Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly, former Australian coach Darren Lehmann and Test cricketer Travis Head will attend a lunch for bushfire victims

PROMOTING KI: Derek McIlroy, Andrew Hill and Rob Heaslip plan their trip to Kangaroo Island and organising a fundraiser for bushfire victims.
PROMOTING KI: Derek McIlroy, Andrew Hill and Rob Heaslip plan their trip to Kangaroo Island and organising a fundraiser for bushfire victims.

On Tuesday, March 10, a special luncheon is planned for the Hotel Grosvenor which will raise funds for the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Appeal.

Attending will be the former Member for Finniss and now Mayor of Kangaroo Island Michael Pengilly, Member for Finniss David Basham, Minister for Emergency Services Corey Wingard, former Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann and Test cricketer Travis Head at the Grosvenor Hotel at 12 noon.

Also in attendance will be representatives from the Emergency Services, CFS and Salvation Army and Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes and CEO Glenn Rappensberg.

Organisers Rob Heaslip, Andrew Hill and Derek McIlroy are back raising funds for worthwhile causes and are determined to raise as much money as possible for Kangaroo Island.

"We are looking for auction and raffle donations and an indication of your attendance, but seats are selling fast. If you can help in any way please contact me, even if you cannot attend, but can donate something, please let me know," Rob Heaslip said.

"This is an important cause and we want to help our friends from KI as much as we can. All auction and raffle donations or anything and everything will be gratefully accepted.

"This will be a most informative lunch and sometimes emotional get together. Please be a part of this most worthwhile event as KI needs us."

Contact Rob on 0439 995 760 or email rob.heaslip@screalty.com.au if you can assist.

Michel Pengilly said Kangaroo Island had "copped and absolute walloping".

"It will take nine or ten years to recover for the farmer. I flew over KI the other day and after 10 minutes, I felt physically ill with what I saw," Mr Pengilly said.

"We must keep positive and people have to keep coming here to visit. A weekend, three days, a week, it all counts and will help us rebuild. It will also keep jobs on the island, as tourism and agriculture are the major employers on KI."

Mr Pengilly said the people of the Fleurieu Peninsula have been incredible with their volunteering and donations.

"Hay will help so much for what stock is left. Fires can happen anywhere and could easily happen on the Fleurieu Peninsula," Mr Pengilly said.

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