When Educational Life became a CIC we knew we would need to include some fund-raising and so when we found out about the great initiative being run by Bunnings who had replaced Homebase at Westwood Cross we felt it was a great way to get ourselves out into the community.

We took part in our first fundraiser at the newly opened Bunnings Warehouse store in Westwood and raised £203.00 thanks to your generosity and the support of the Bunnings team!

It was a fun day, we began at 09:00 and packed up at 18:00. John and Rebecca were there all day but you saw most of the team at one point or another as we all picked up the mantle and got involved. It was a real test of self-control as the smell of the sausages was amazing!

It was a terrific opportunity to get out into the community and explain what we do, hear your feedback, and find out how we can improve our service to you. There was a lot of interest and we are grateful for your time. We also got to talk to other groups and organisations and are looking forward to finding out more about them.

What is a sausage sizzle? It’s an Australian sausage sandwich – barbequed sausage and onions in a folded slice of bread. Not a hot dog – a sizzle!

Bunnings Warehouse offers local community groups, clubs and teams the opportunity to run their fundraisers free of charge and out of the kindness of their hearts. They supply the training about health & safety, food hygiene and safe use of the cooking and cleaning equipment and the club provide the ingredients and volunteers to run the fundraiser.

Educational Life CIC will certainly be taking part again and would like to say a big thank you to the Bunnings Team for their encouragement, with special thanks to Stirling and Steve.

We’d also like to give a little shout out to Bunnings resident face painter – such beautiful decorative bits we saw on people and she was just lovely!

If you’re at Bunnings and see a community group doing a Sausage Sizzle, please take a minute to find out what they do and why – you may be surprised!