The City of Greater Shepparton Country Fire Authority group has received a funding injection of almost $6000 thanks to Fairley’s Supa IGA supermarket.
Group manager Ian Martin accepted a cheque of $5694 from Fairley’s Supa IGA owner Michael Lorenz and said the funds would be put to good use.
‘‘We’ve received a grant for a new vehicle and we need to put money towards that,’’ he said.
‘‘If there’s excess available, it will go out to the smaller brigades within the group.’’
Mr Martin said there were 20 brigades across the group that covered the City of Greater Shepparton, all the way from Merrigum to Dookie.
‘‘It is a wonderful donation,’’ he said.
Mr Lorenz said the funds had accumulated as part of its Community Chest Program.
‘‘This operates throughout the whole IGA network where funds are taken from the sale of certain products,’’ he said.
Mr Lorenz said it was fantastic the Shepparton store could accumulate such a great donation in just 12 months and it was important to support the CFA because it did not receive regular government funding.
‘‘They’ve got to do the fundraising themselves a lot of the time,’’ he said.
‘‘Until people need to call the CFA, they don’t realise how much they need them.’’
Mr Martin said for a small brigade, a donation of even $500 made all the difference.
The presentation took place at Fairley’s Supa IGA with several members from the group in attendance.