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Bunnings has responded to the call from community groups by announcing it will increase the price of its humble sausage sizzle from next week to cover the rising costs of food and supplies.
From July 23, the price of the iconic Bunnings sausage sizzle will increase by one dollar from $2.50 to $3.50 for a sausage in bread – with or without onions.
The price of drinks will remain the same at $1.50, with every cent raised to go directly to the community group running the barbecue.
For more than 25 years, the Bunnings iconic sausage sizzle has provided grassroots community groups a simple yet delicious way to raise vital funds to continue their important work.
The price increase marks the first time in 15 years the cost of a sausage sanger at Bunnings' community sausage sizzle has changed.
The rising costs of supplies – sausages, bread, onions, sauce, oil, and drinks – in recent months has meant that groups, often not for profits and charities, have seen a decline in funds raised.
'Backbone of our local communities'
Bunnings Group Managing Director Mike Schneider said from its humble beginnings, the sausage sizzle has always been a community-led activity.
"Grassroots community groups are the backbone of our local communities, and this change has been made in response to direct feedback from more than 100 volunteer groups right across Australia who are seeing a lower fundraising opportunity," he said.
"It's been an incredibly difficult couple of years with the lack of fundraising opportunities and the pressure on community group services and support continues to be a growing need in our wider community."
Mr Schneider emphasised that Bunnings remains committed to providing "meaningful support" to enable local community groups to keep doing their essential work.
"The sausage sizzle will always be a community-led initiative and we have listened and responded in a way we hope allows groups to maximise fundraising efforts, whilst still giving customers a simple way to support their local community," he concluded.
Bunnings sausage sizzle key contributor to community fundraising efforts
Meanwhile, Lions Australia National Membership Chairperson Ann Eldridge has revealed the Bunnings sausage sizzle is a key contributor to their fundraising efforts.
Lions Australia is a non-profit organisation who have been in operation since 1947 and run hundreds of Bunnings sausage sizzles every year.
"Our Lions Clubs are thankful for the support provided by Bunnings and the sausage sizzles are an important part of our fundraising activities," Ms Elridge said.
"We welcome Bunnings' decision to increase the price and we are confident that our supporters will respond favourably, knowing that every cent of the proceeds will be used to support our humanitarian projects and activities," she added.
The new sausage sizzle price will be rolled out across all Bunnings stores in Australia.
To further support community groups, Bunnings also provides everything required to set up and run the barbecue at no cost, including a gas bottle, marquee, and a mobile payment option for customers.
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