Movie screening raises funds for firies

Tumut Westpac branch manager Sarah Jones presenting RFS volunteer Ian Flegg with a cheque of $740.

A movie screening at the Montreal Theatre in Tumut raised funds for the local RFS to buy new equipment that was damaged while fighting fires last month.

$5 from every ‘1917’ movie ticket went to the local RFS. Attendees went above and beyond this amount, though, donating extra money at the door.

Organiser of the event, Westpac, covered the cost of everyone’s movie drinks and snacks, providing goodie bags at the door, and also bought six door prizes from local businesses to raffle off.

Door prizes included gift vouchers to the Bush Chemist, Inside Out, Mitre 10, Russell Stevensons, Ella Bache and the Tumut Brewery.

Westpac branch manager Sarah Jones said that the event was a “win-win situation,” providing a fun event that also gave back to those in the community who have volunteered weeks of their time and worked so hard to keep everyone safe.

Before the screening of 1917 began, Mrs Jones took to the stage and presented RFS volunteer Ian Flegg with a cheque for $740. Mr Flegg then helped draw the raffle tickets for the door prizes.

Mrs Jones said that the event could not have come at a better time, considering the Dunns Road fire was finally put out over the weekend after firefighters battled the blaze for over 50 days. The event was well received and there was a great turnout, making for a fantastic afternoon overall.