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Trading uniforms .. Balfour Volunteer Fire Brigade members will don aprons to prepare a roast dinner to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House and the Yeo family. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Balfour Volunteer Fire Brigade is holding a roast dinner to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House in Invercargill and the Yeo family.

Brigade volunteer Callum Black said someone in the brigade learned Ronald McDonald House was trying to raise money in June.

“We put the idea through the fire brigade guys to see what we could do, and a few of us in the brigade have had to use the house,” Mr Black said.

The funds raised from the roast dinner would be split equally between Ronald McDonald House and the Yeo family.

Waikaka couple Lance Yeo and Gemma Edwards’ 6-month-old daughter Ruby has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Mr Yeo has stopped working on a dairy farm in Balfour to spend time with his family.

Mr Black said about 20 brigade volunteers would be helping at the roast dinner.

“Some of us have the connection to Ronald McDonald House and it’s good to do something as a brigade.”

Mr Black said the brigade put on a duck dinner every year for the firefighters and their wives, so the roast dinner “should be good”.

The brigade also wanted to thank sponsors of the event, including Wilson’s Vege Stall, the Balfour Lions Club and Farmgate Meats.

Mr Black said a few people had registered all ready and the details were on the brigade’s Facebook page for those who were interested.

The dinner will be held on Sunday, August 12, at the Balfour Rugby Club rooms.

People were urged to book before July 31, to allow the brigade to plan ahead.

The cost is $20 per person, or $50 per family.