Esperance Basketball Association to hold bushfire recovery fundraiser

Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Photo: Jesinta Burton.

The Esperance Basketball Association is restarting its season by lending a helping hand to communities ravaged by bushfires in the eastern states.

After a Christmas break, the senior season restarts on Thursday, January 9. All players and spectators are asked to make a gold coin donation upon entry. Funds donated will go directly to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery.

Association president Matthew Thornton said whatever funds were raised from players, supporters and members of the public who drop in to make a donation, would be matched by the association.

"If the public raises $1000, the association will match that $1000," he said.

Mr Thornton said the committee members wanted to help in any way they could as they saw the devastating impacts on communities unfold.

"Even a little part like this is going to help. We need to stick together as Australians and help each other out," he said.

"We are so familiar with bushfires in our own backyard and we know what sort of impact it can have on a community. So we just want to help out in the best way we can.

"We encourage anyone who is around to come down and support this fundraiser. Even if it's $1, whatever people want to donate, any funds will be greatly appreciated.

"They don't want supplies to be donated anymore, they need money, so this is the best way to go about helping them."

The first game starts at 6.30pm at the Esperance Indoor Sports Stadium and the last game starts at 9.30pm.

Before the games start, there will be a minute's silence for communities impacted by bushfires and to pay respects to two lives recently lost in Esperance ocean tragedies.

For more information phone 0428 249 233 or email esp_basketball@westnet.com.au.