A Mogo business owner is calling on residents, visitors and other businesses to get involved in supporting the Mogo Rural Fire Service brigade on the anniversary of the fire storm.
Will Procter, of In and Out at Mogo, hopes others will recognise the efforts of the local brigade through a fundraising event, "One Year On" on Thursday, December 31.
Participating Mogo businesses will donate a percentage of their takings on the day directly to the Mogo RFS brigade.
We cannot let the efforts of the volunteer firefighters go unappreciated.
"We cannot let the efforts of the volunteer firefighters go unappreciated and the anniversary seemed to be the perfect time to recognise their efforts," Mr Procter said. "Whereas the local brigades have no control over how money donated to the Rural Fire Service is spent, they can spend money donated directly to them to purchase whatever they need."
Customers can simultaneously support local businesses who were also heavily affected by the fires and COVID-19. Alternatively, customers can place a donation in red fireman's hats throughout Mogo village on the day.
"We think that it is such a good idea that it could be taken up by other areas to support their own local brigades," Mr Procter said.
Six months after the fires, Mogo RFS brigade captain Frank Ziegler said he wanted better communications, better-maintained roads in the bush, more volunteers and tools replaced to help cope with the fire storm.