Extreme weather events continued to impact communities throughout the year, with bushfires, floods and severe drought conditions affecting many parts of Australia.
In August 2018, Bunnings team members hosted a national sausage sizzle to raise funds for rural farmers, families and communities impacted by drought. More than $1.25 million was raised and contributed, with thousands of people heading to their local Bunnings to 'buy a snag' to support the cause. All funds raised were donated to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale Campaign which delivers hay and other essential items to farmers.
Bunnings team members also hosted a national sausage sizzle in February 2019 to raise funds for those impacted by the Townsville floods and Tasmanian bushfires. More than $310,000 was raised and contributed, and donated to not-for-profit organisation GIVIT, an online giving platform. All of those funds went towards essential items such as washing machines, fridges and beds.
In Townsville, local Bunnings teams also assisted at evacuation centres by donating products, cooking a daily sausage sizzle and providing hands-on support during the recovery effort.
Funds raised in Tasmania went to the bushfire recovery effort, with GIVIT providing The Salvation Army with gift cards for groceries, fuel and clothing.