A group of musicians, including organiser Michael O'Sullivan, have raised more than $1,000 for the families of three Rural Fire Service (RFS) officers who were killed whilst battling bushfires in southern New South Wales.
Mr O'Sullivan, who performs every fortnight on a Saturday at the back of Coles to fund raise for various causes, was approached by trolley boy Tony Coombe.
"He is an RFS volunteer and asked would we be interested in raising money for the families of the three deceased RFS members. We organised for the funds to go through the RFS headquarters to be directly sent to the families," he said.
Starting on January 9, a few local musicians and local RFS members headed down to provide entertainment and information about the initiative.
Three, three-hour sessions were held and out of that more than $1,000 was generously donated by locals walking past.
"There was so much excitement around the sessions and having RFS personnel there was good. People walked up and shook their hands and had an opportunity to personally thank them," he said.
On Tuesday, the funds were donated to RFS members in Glen Innes and will be sent directly to the three families. Mr O'Sullivan and local musicians regularly play live music behind Coles each fortnight.
In conjunction with Inverell Macintyre Lions Club, who hold a delicious sausage sizzle, he raised a significant amount of money for the CWA drought appeal.