Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

We had a great time at Bunnings O'connor on Nov 26
It was a great success



It was Ilija's idea

Someone had suggested we could try a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle to raise funds for our club.  We needed funds to underwrite the cost of setting up the new Monday night club - Fremantle Quaynote Speakers.  So Ilija and I (I'm David publishing this story) worked on the project.  We planned it together but Ilija did almost all the hard work - buying the supplies at the best prices - sausages, buns, dressings, drinks, gloves, paper towels.  It went on and on and he did it.  We'll need Ilija to write a separate story about that.

The Team

We set up a team of 16 from Victoria Quay to run four 2 hour sessions - from 8-10, 10-12, 12-2 and 2-4.  Oh, there was one non Victoria Quay member - Glenn Nicholas from our website provider, OM4, cooked the sausages on the 10-12 shift.

Setting up on Saturday morning

Bunnings provide the basic structure just outside the entrance.  There is a roof over the gas fired griller and a sink with a set of tables where we set up our supplies and took orders.

We arrived before 7.30 and Ilija did most of the unpacking from his utility.  You can see him carrying in material.

The photos below show the basic layout of the griller and our first customers at about 8.10.


The 8-10 Team

Antony was on the Griller, cooking sausages and warming onions.  (The day before Ilija had sliced, cooked and browned 20kgs of onions.)
Catherine load the bun with a sausage and onions if they wanted them and handed it to the customer.
Shona was on the counter taking orders and the money.
Jeni was pulling drinks out of the Eskies and supplying Antony with sausages as required.


The 10-12 Team

Glenn was on the griller, having been expertly trained by Ilija.
Carl, on his first shift, was putting the buns together for customers.
Jeni was selling, selling, selling.
And Ilija was keeping the chain moving in the background.


The 12-2 Team

Chris did the grilling.  The pic shows Glenn checking his technique in the changeover time.
Scott kept the customers supplied.
Eileen took orders and money and supplied drinks.
Carl kept sausages and buns moving.
Ilija is here checking the supplies.  Yes, that's his back you can see.


The 2-4 Team

Dave took over the grilling.
Mick kept the customers supplied.
Caroline was in charge of the money.
Sunil kept Dave up to the mark with supplies.

We were well supplied with workers for the last session.
Carla and Adam were there supporting us but didn't have specific roles inside the booth.


The Cleanup afterwards and other matters

We sold the last sausage at 3.45pm.  Two more customers came as we were working on putting away and cleaning up.

Ilija worked tirelessly and the rest of us did what we could to help.

It took till 4.30 for Ilija to be satisfied and then call for the Bunnings supervisor to check the result.  She passed him with flying colours.  That was important because we have applied for a follow up booking early next year.

That is our cleanup team below.  Sunil was part of it - but someone had to take the picture.  thanks Sunil.


How was it a success?


Yes, it was a great success.

The best part of it was the cheerful, cooperative way all the workers took part.  We have a wonderful club with wonderful members.  Ilija and I had the privilege to work with our members.  If we had made hardly any money it would have been worthwhile.

But we made a significant net amount which will help us to support the new Monday night Club.

David Nicholas
Victoria Quay Treasurer


  1. Avatar for Carla van Raay Carla van Raay on November 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I agree – we had fun and enjoyed each other’s company. What a phenomenal group of people this club is! And what extraordinary leadership from David Nicholas and Ilija Jurin.

  2. Avatar for Cat Hammond Cat Hammond on November 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Wonderful effort – Team & Club Bonding!
    Fun! Awesome Organisation & Contribution!
    Thanking all – especially Ilija & David.
    See you all soon!

  3. Avatar for Bill Bill on November 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Great work team, appreciated.

  4. Avatar for Judy McGinn Judy McGinn on November 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Wow what a team and fantastic leadership Ilija and David. Great photos and well done to everybody who gave up their time on a Saturday. Enjoy your well deserved break Ilija.

  5. Avatar for Brian Brian on November 28, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    I had to work
    My two bottles was there !!

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