Australia Day revelers at Sasquatch Mountain Resort celebrate a successful yet chilly bikini run. The day’s events raised $800 for Australia’s wildfire victims. (Sasquatch Mountain Resort/Contributed)

Sasquatch Mountain Aussie Day celebration raises $800

Proceeds of bikini runs, toonie tosses and more go to wildfire victims

Look, Ma! No pants!

This year’s Australia Day celebration at Sasquatch Mountain Resort in Agassiz had a particularly special twist – the Aussie-themed celebration raised nearly $800 to aid the victims of wildfires in Australia.

Shelby Lim, director of sales, marketing and development for the resort, said the Australia Day traditional celebration included toonie tosses, sausage sizzles and bikini runs down the mountain. This year, the staff requested the proceeds of the day go to help those impacted by the fires.

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“Almost 50 per cent of our staff is from overseas and about 40 per cent is from Australia,” Lim said. “This year, their families, lives and home country were impacted by the wildfires, and we thought the fundraiser would be a nice thing to do. We were more than happy to accommodate their request.”

Between staff and patrons of the resort, the combined events saw hundreds of people participate.

“At every ski resort, Aussie Day is a huge day,” Lim said. “You’ll see that all across the country.”

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Lim added local businesses were happy to be a part of the efforts, donating gift cards for food and other celebratory supplies. She said every bit helps as far as fundraising goes and the patrons and staff were happy with the outcome.

Australia Day, Jan. 26, marks the day Capt. Arthur Phillip landed the first fleet of convict ships from Great Britain to Sydney Cove in 1788. It wasn’t fully established as an official holiday until 1994.



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