Disco to support the firies

By Olivia Duffey

A junior disco will be held next weekend as a fundraiser for the Deniliquin Rural Fire Service brigade.

Fiona Petersen is the driving force behind the idea, with an aim of connecting youth with the community and its volunteers.

‘‘I have seen how many of our local volunteer firefighters have been on deployments and thought we, as a community, owe it to them to support our local brigades,’’ she said.

‘‘I decided a disco, specifically for youth, would be a fun way to get our younger generations involved in helping the community as many of us have been.

‘‘It is also an opportunity for children to understand why our volunteer firefighters are so important and what they have done on these deployments.’’

The disco will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club from 6pm until 8.30pm on Saturday, January 25 and is open to primary school-aged children only.

There will be an Australia Day theme, and DJ Nitro Disco will pump some tunes.

Entry is $5, and adults can stay for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going towards the brigade.

‘‘I hope to see plenty of children come along for a fun night of dancing and I hope together we can do something that bit extra to support our local RFS brigade,’’ Mrs Petersen said.

Deniliquin Captain Kane Barnes said the brigade is honoured and humbled by the community’s efforts to support them.

‘‘It is great to see the community supporting locals, and we are honoured to be beneficiaries of this fundraising event,’’ he said.

‘‘We have had many members of the brigade head to the fire front to protect lives and property, and this money will help us better equip our brigade and station.

‘‘I would like to thank every one of our members who have been involved in the current bushfires and I would like to thank the community for not only supporting us, but rallying to support thousands of people and families affected by these fires.’’