Here are some tips on running a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser.
Before the day
Public Liability Insurance
Bunnings require public liability insurance. Many organisations don’t need to buy separate insurance as they are covered by an umbrella agreement with their parent organisation. For example, my primary school was covered by the Victorian government insurance policy, so we didn’t need to purchase insurance.
If you need insurance, AAMI is the best one I’ve found so far and should be suitable for your needs. AAMI suggested only public liability is required (don’t need products liability as well). You might only need the insurance for one or two days, but the minimum when buying the insurance is three months. Information on the AAMI website is at http://www.aami.com.au/business-insurance/market-stall-and-exhibitor-insurance
Local council permit
In the state of Victoria, register the details on this site: https://streatrader.health.vic.gov.au. Allow a week for the council to check and approve your registration.
On the day
Some supermarkets give 10% discount to community groups. It’s worth asking.
What you need
- Drink – soft drink (Coke) or equivalent
- Drink – soft drink (Sprite) or equivalent
- Drink – soft drink (Fanta) or equivalent
- Drinks – bottles of water (24)
- Large plastic tubs (containers for the ice and drinks)
- Onions (the smell of onions is appealing to customers, even if they don’t like onions)
- Sauce – tomato
- Sauce – mustard
- Sauce – brown/BBQ
- Paper napkins/ serviettes
- Large plastic bin bags
- Hand paper towels
- Liquid soap
- Foil containers to present the sausage in bread to the customer
- Cooking utensils
- Container/s for bread which you pre-prepare
- Tea towels
- Esky or equivalent cooler
- Cash float
- Roster (see below)
- Disposable gloves and/or hand sanitiser
- Tin foil or baking paper (makes the grill easier to clean)
- Flyswatters (not fly spray) especially if hot
Other possibilities. But don’t make it too complicated. Better if you charge a bit extra to maximum your fundraising yield.
- Potato crisps
- Bread rolls
- Gourmet beef or chicken sausages
- Grated cheese
- Tomato relish (nicer than sauce, add 25c)
You need three people or more at any one time. The roles are:
- money handlers
- giving the sausages to the customers
Other fundraising activities (eg raffle tickets)
Organise people in two-hour shifts, and people can work more than one shift if they need to. Peak period is usually from 11 am to 2 pm.
|Start time||Finish time||Note|
|8 am||10 am||Need strong people in case you have to move anything, such as the A-frame or gas bottle. The gas and the gas bottle is supplied by Bunnings.|
|10 am||12 noon|
|12 noon||2 pm|
|2 pm||4 pm||Finish at 4 pm or before if everything sold out|
Clean up the hot plate when packing up. At some Bunnings, they will do this for you.