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Kym raising funds for local fire fighting crews

Kym raising funds for local fire fighting crews

Angaston mother of five, Kym Oates has decided to get behind the National Red Balloon initiative this year in support of the state’s fire fighters.

This comes after a monumental effort put in by both the CFS and MFS to fight the recent Sampson Flat bushfire and the Eden Valley fires in January last year.

Kym is now one of approximately three representatives for the registered charity in the state.

National Red Balloon Day is on February 28 and Kym is encouraging the community to purchase a $1 balloon to support the cause.

“If businesses and households around the Barossa could purchase these balloons and display them on February 28, it might just make a passing fire fighter smile and reinforce community support,” she said.

Kym is also selling car bumper stickers for $3 and stubby holders for $7.

The proceeds for the sale of each item go back to the fire fighting services from the state in which they were sold.

Kym says that this fundraising is her way of giving back to the thousands of volunteer and paid fire fighters who she believes don’t always get enough recognition.

“I just wanted to do something to show my support for such a humungous effort,” she said.

The cause is particularly close to Kym’s heart as her son, Aaron is an Angaston CFS crewmember.

“Our fire fighters come back from the fire ground with blackened and soot covered faces, but always have a cheery smile to give,” she said.

 “They do this because they have a real passion for fighting fires and I have the utmost respect for them.

“They put their lives on the line for people they don’t know and I want to say thank you.”

Kym says that she is proud of the efforts that local and interstate crews put into fighting the Eden Valley fire and the Sampson Flat fire.

“Seeing the way they all worked together and truck after truck drive past my house was amazing,” she said.

“The fire fighters would return home exhausted, go to sleep and get up and do it all again the next day.

“It was absolutely phenomenal and the Angaston crew in particular have a second family type set up and are a fantastic group of guys and girls.”

Kym will be selling her balloons, bumper stickers and stubby holders at a stall on February 24 in the Barossa Mall, Nuriootpa.

She is also currently looking for businesses to host display boxes of items for sale.

“I would love to see balloons out the front of every business and in every street,” she said.

“I am also promoting the responsible disposal of balloons after February 28 and hope to see people do the right thing and put their flat balloons in the bin.”

If you would like to purchase anything for Red Balloon Day or host a display box, Kym can be contacted via Facebook messenger or on 0421 431 422.