The Adelaide Crows will be paying a special visit to Lucindale this week to show their support given recent events.
Former Lucindale local and young Adelaide Crows forward Darcy Fogarty will be travelling down with four of his fellow players on Friday night including former captain and veteran Taylor Walker, Rising star nominee Lachlan Scholl, Ruckman Kieran Strauchan and new recruit from GWS, Jackson Hately.
The players will be involved in a meet and greet to show their support to those who have been affected by the Blackford fires at 5pm, with the event being held out at centenary park in Lucindale, giving people the chance to meet the players, have a photo and get an autograph.
Following the meet and greet at 6pm, the players and attendees will be welcomed back to the Lucindale Hotel for a function out the back of the premises where people will have further opportunity to mingle, with all proceeds from the night going back to those who have been affected by the fires.
People will be given a wrist band upon entry into the Lucindale Hotel, recent bushfire victims and locals will be receiving wristbands first, with the remaining wrist bands available being given to any other attendees on the night.
Lucindale Hotel's Georgie McKay is hoping everyone will remain respectful of social distancing rules throughout the day, with the function's capacity being capped at 480 people, ensuring the hotel follows the COVID-19 rules in place.
There will be a barbecue and drinks available during the function, with Ms McKay also stressing how she is hoping that the event will provide an opportunity for people to connect with each other and have the night off to relax.
"We are really targeting locals and particularly those who have been affected by the fire," Ms McKay said.
"The Crows really wanted to come down and show their support for the community given Darcy Fogerty's roots at Lucindale."
On February 6, another fundraising event will be held at the country club in Lucindale, with an auction taking place to raise money for local bushfire victims.
Ms McKay expressed her gratitude to the number of people around the South East who have donated a range of items to be auctioned off.
"The community has been amazing - Teys in Naracoorte have been in touch and they have donated the barbecue for our function and Foodland Naracoorte have contacted me and will be donating drinks and ice creams," she said.
During the function on Friday, a Crows guernsey will be auctioned off, with the rest of the donated items being auctioned off during next month's event.
Organisers are still accepting items through the Lucindale Hotel to be sold at next month's event.
The auction next month will be held on the deck of the club with attendees being seated on the grass area to ensure social distancing - Ms McKay is hoping that the support will continue into next month.
"We want as many people as possible to come along to that and dig deep and get some money back into those that have been affected," she said.
"Neil and Chris Watts who lost their house are avid Crows supporters and Crows members so we are hoping that someone might buy their Guernsey for them!"
Naracoorte Pumps and Electrical have also been generous in donating to fire fighting units following the recent fires - Ms McKay finished by listing some of the items that will be available to buy at next month's auction.
"We will have weekends in Robe, weekends on a houseboat, we have got small animal vet packs, we have got clothing vouchers, we have got a free coffee a day for a whole year from Maddie's Cafe in Naracoorte, dinner for 10 at the Lucindale Pub from us, wine, more accommodation, a fishing trip for three with all drinks and food provided, cut up lamb - the list just goes on."
"It is incredible how generous people have been - there is something for everyone," she said.
The Lucindale Hotel has already accepted numerous cash donations from people around the district and will be accepting donations at the upcoming events.
Organisers of the events are also encouraging people who wish to donate in the meantime to do so digitally through 'LINC - Welcome to Lucindale.'
LINC's bank details are as follows: Account name: LINC, BSB: 633 00, Account number: 168 430 304, Reference: Fire Fund.