Friday'sUpper Murray Fire Charity Golf Day hit close to home for two Wodonga Raiders footballers.
Connor Newnham and Alex Daly saw first hand the devastation left behind by the Upper Murray bushfires with the blaze landing on their doorsteps.
A large portion of the Newnham family's Upper Murray property was lost in the terrifying inferno.
"We lost 90 per cent of the property but saved our main house and most of our cows," Newnham said.
"We hadn't seen anything like it before, not since we've been living there anyway.
"It was pretty hot and pretty fast."
It was also a scary time for Daly as the Jingellic dairy farm he had grown up on came within the firing line.
"It was pretty close to home," Daly said.
Newnham said his family is now looking to start rebuilding, just like many others in the region.
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"We have to redo some fences and get some hay on the ground and just rebuild from there if we can," Newnham said.
The duo were among a crowd of golfers to take to the Wodonga Golf Club in team's of four for the charity day, with funds raised going towards helping communities affected by the Upper Murray bushfires.
The initiative was a collaboration between the four Wodonga football clubs, Raiders, Bulldogs, Crays and Saints, marking a significant milestone in the club's uniting for the first time for a common goal.
"You don't see that very often," Newnham said.
"We're rivals in the same town, so it's good we can all come together at once."
Daly agreed it was pleasing to see the clubs rally together.
"It's good to see everyone here, it's a good crowd," he said.
Around 31 teams took to the course for the special event.
Also among the golfers was Murray Crays' committee member and former Upper Murray footballer Mark Williams, who had his own first hand experience with the recent bushfires.
"We have family and friends all up through there," Williams said.
"We were up there for Christmas and New Years and were lucky to get out of there just in time.
"We were camping down by the river and they came down and said you better pack up there's a fire down in Walwa.
"It was pretty scary, we were lucky to get out just in time.
"It was sad to see."
Williams added it was great to be a part of the fundraising golf day.
"It's great to see such a massive turnout for charity," Williams said.
"That's where it's all going towards."