The Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia (LSAWA) is proud to announce a new partnership in support of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA Inc (AVBFB).
One of the big items of focus for the new LSAWA leadership has been to ensure the Association “walked the walk” and delivered on one of our most important key messages – the majority of liquor stores in Western Australia are small businesses that are owned and operated by people who live in and genuinely care for their community. Many of our Liquor Store members regularly contribute to our community in all sorts of ways – like sponsoring the local cricket club, donating prizes for raffles and often donate considerable amounts of their time and expertise to important committees and Police accords designed to help those who can’t or won’t help themselves.
Diabetes WA was the LSAWA’s previous Charity beneficiary who received more than $10,000 through the generosity of our guests at last year’s Awards evening.
The change to the AVBFB is partly because we see greater opportunity to deliver real benefits to the “coal-face” – some of the more than 500 Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades that protect the towns and cities where our members live and work.
The first chance we will have to start that support this year will be the Charity auction at our Awards Night in October so if you have any items you would like to donate for the auction, please let us know.
In the meantime, please allow us to introduce our new designated charity:
The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is the peak body and registered charity that represents and supports more than 26,000 women and men who make up Western Australia’s largest emergency service – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service. These diverse volunteers donate tens of thousands of hours and their expert local knowledge every year via the 570 registered brigades spread throughout the State.
Operationally, our volunteers regularly work side-by-side the state’s 1,100 paid firefighters and often undertake joint activities with the 6,000 volunteers that make up other services such as the SES, Volunteer Fire & Rescue and Volunteer Marine Rescue Service. However, the majority of the time donated by our Gold Angels (the traditional colour of their PPE and vehicles – even though many of our trucks are now white), is spent helping their communities prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from, the primary natural hazard in rural and regional WA – bushfire.
The AVBFB was originally established to support and bring together the knowledge and resources of the many independent bush fire brigades that locals created to serve and protect their growing regional communities long before the State had any capacity for emergency services beyond the Perth metropolitan area.
Today, the organisation remains focussed on providing support and advocacy for those who continue to provide this essential part of keeping regional communities resilient and viable. The AVBFB has no union or political ties and receives the majority of its income from an annual government grant of just under $130,000, currently due to expire at the end of the current financial year.
The Board of the AVBFB deeply appreciates the support of the Liquor Stores Association and looks forward to working with its members to develop a long term, mutually rewarding relationship.
For more information about the AVBFB, please visit the website: www.avbfb.org.au