People power sees Shepparton raise $100 000 for bushfire relief

By Madi Chwasta

Shepparton has demonstrated its generous spirit after a bushfire relief event raised $100 000 for fire-affected areas.

Organising group spokesperson Carmel Johnson said the fundraiser at The Woolshed at Emerald Bank on Thursday night sold nearly 250 tickets.

She said the “quite extraordinary” night was planned a few weeks ago, when a group of people came together to brainstorm how they could contribute to bushfire relief.

“Thursday night is testament to the fact that we live in a really generous community,” she said.

The money raised will go to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, which will then be distributed to bushfire-impacted communities in East Gippsland and Victoria's north-east.

The keynote speaker was author and The Age contributor Anson Cameron, who grew up in Shepparton.

Victorian bushfire appeal advisory panel chair and former Victorian deputy premier Pat McNamara, formerly a state member for Benalla, and CFA firefighters from the region were special guests.

"We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the businesses, the sponsors, the attendees, and event MC John Head,” Ms Johnson said.

“We would also like to give a special mention to The Woolshed at Emerald Bank owners Cam and Ange Mangiameli, who together with donations from local produce and drinks suppliers, hosted the event and contributed to the auction.”