SIZZLING AUCTION: Bunnings activities organiser Brian Hyde (left) and operations manager Chris Randell test out the barbecue th
SIZZLING AUCTION: Bunnings activities organiser Brian Hyde (left) and operations manager Chris Randell test out the barbecue th

Bunnings chips in for Norply

By SHAN GOODWIN shan.goodwin@northernstar.com.au

LISMORE hardware store Bunnings has pitched in to help the Kyogle workers put out of a job when timber factory Norply burnt down three weeks ago.

Bunnings is co-ordinating a massive auction and is calling on other Lismore businesses to chip in by donating goods.

The auction will be held on Sunday, October 23, from midday, and Bunnings has donated a barbecue to kick off the bidding.

Activities manager at the store, Brian Hyde, said Kyogle should not be left out on a limb.

"Many of the people who lost their job shop in Lismore and we as a business community should lend a hand in whatever small way we can," he said. "I know it would be devastating if something like this happened in my home town of Casino."

Norply was Kyogle's largest employer and 140 workers were directly affected in the inferno on September 15.

Every dollar raised at the auction will go to the Kyogle Emergency Disaster Relief Appeal, which already totals nearly $70,000. The fund this week started offering food vouchers to the 140 workers and immediate contractors of Norply who are now without employment.

Anything not sold at the Bunnings auction will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Donations of items to be auctioned can be dropped off at Bunnings from October 17. A board of ongoing donations will be posted at the front of the store.

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