22 Mar 2009

Elders raises more than $70,000 for bushfire victims

9:43 pm on 22 March 2009

The rural servicing company Elders has raised more than $70,000 to help the victims of the Victorian bushfires, through a holding a series of what it calls "bushfire sales" at stockyards over the last month.

Two thousand houses were completely destroyed by the fires last month, which burned thousands of hectares and killed about 250 people across the state.

The sales involved auctioning off sheep and cattle as well as other goods donated by clients.

The proceeds will go towards the bushfire appeal launched in Australia by Elders' parent company.

Elders' Managing Director Stuart Chapman says the sales exceeded the company's expectations, especially clients from the Wairarapa region, who raised over $32,000.