The iconic Bunnings sausage sizzle has fallen victim to the coronavirus crisis.
Management for the hardware giant have confirmed the popular barbecues outside stores will be suspended from tomorrow.
But, while many of Australian life’s pleasures are on hold solely to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, managing director Mike Schneider said it was the struggles faced by volunteers and dwindling supplies which led to the “tough decision”.
“Having listened closely to community groups, we’ve learned of the challenges many groups are facing finding volunteers and even supplies to sell given some of the reported challenges being faced by other retailers,” he said.
“We also want to make sure our team remain focused on helping customers to access the products they need.”
The sausage sizzles are held to fundraise for various community groups and sports clubs who will now lose out on the much-needed funds.
But, Mr Schneider said those who had arranged sausage sizzles would get a $500 gift card to soften the blow.
“We absolutely understand the important role these sausage sizzles play for thousands of local community groups and charities and that finding alternative fundraising opportunities at short notice isn’t easy,” he said.
“To assist community groups who have sausage sizzles booked over the next month, our store teams will donate $500 gift cards to these local organisations to assist with their fundraising activities. Across Australia and NZ, this represents an investment into local communities of over $1.2m.
The store’s workshop events and other activities, including Easter and Mother’s Day family nights, will also be cancelled.