Emergency services receive generous donation

Fundraising: Naracoorte CFS Brigade captain Steve Hosking, CFS and SAAS volunteer Brett Rumball and ambulance attendant Jasmine White. Photo: Laura Sneath
Fundraising: Naracoorte CFS Brigade captain Steve Hosking, CFS and SAAS volunteer Brett Rumball and ambulance attendant Jasmine White. Photo: Laura Sneath

Turning 30 was a celebration not only for birthday boy Brett Rumball, but also the Naracoorte CFS Brigade and SA Ambulance Penola.

In conjunction with his 30th on October 12, the Naracoorte local held an emergency services ball/fundraiser where about 100 people gathered to celebrate the milestone and raise more than $5000 for the two groups.

"To everyone that attended, businesses that donated, friends, family and anyone that I missed, please accept this as my grateful thank you," Brett said.

"For all of my friends, close and far, you all assist me in the volunteering that I do.

"You keep an eye on me after the hard jobs or you are only a phone call away if I need something at short notice, and I truly appreciate everyone, words cannot show my appreciation."

A total of $5455 was raised and was split evenly between both organisations.

Brett told the Herald he always wanted to hold an emergency services ball in Naracoorte and thought his 30th birthday would be the perfect opportunity to do so.

"Everyone was well aware of what it was and were happy to support it. The town was very generous," he said.

Brett has volunteered for the CFS and SA Ambulance Penola for 12 years, and he is letting them decide what the money should go towards.

"We had an auction and a raffle and music. There was a variety of prizes and all locally donated goods ... and 20 auction items."

Brett said even though he only started planning the event a few months prior, everything went smoothly.

Naracoorte CFS brigade captain Steve Hosking thanked everyone who donated and made the event a success.

"It helps us particularly in major incidents and major bushfires. We feed all our members, so it buys food and keeps us going," he said.

"Some equipment is funded (but) smaller things we pay for ourselves. It helps with our training...and helps us go about our business.

"We certainly thank Brett, its a very generous thing to do. It's this generosity which speaks volumes of him.

"It's a huge donation and I don't think we've seen one like that for a very long time."

The CFS and SAAS are unsure what the money will be put towards yet, but Mr Hosking said it's always great to know they have the community's support.