LOCAL businesses have been happy to help out the Reno Rumble contestants during their time in Bendigo recently.
Reno Rumble presenters Scott Cam and Shelley Craft were on site on Wednesday as contestants worked hard to meet their renovation deadline.
Craft said local businesses and tradesmen were happy to help out the family who would benefit from the renovation.
“Ultimately it was the family that brought us here and everyone involved is eager to give back,” she said.
“From what the contestants are telling us, the local businesses have been keen to jump on board.”
Cam said the local tradies who had been on site had been tremendous.
“The plasterers and chippies turning up are working above and beyond doing extra hours, late nights and doing a fantastic job,” he said.
“For the first time working on a TV show, it's hard to walk in and (be on camera) but the guys have taken to it like a duck to water.
“That’s a testament to the family who are well known and loved by Bendigo people and guys were happy to help out.”
Lisa Smith, who owns OZ Design Furniture Bendigo and Make Your House A Home, said she was surprised to see some of the contestants walk through the shop doors.
Ms Smith started Make Your House A Home 11 years ago and took over Bendigo’s OZ Design franchise last year.
“It was very random to see contestants shopping around local areas. We are on a main road so they saw us and we were able to help,” she said. “We had cameras following us around on Sunday and we were filmed delivering some things this week. They are working on such a tight timeline.”
Ms Smith said her stores supplied a lot of decorative items for the teams.
But despite giving the renovation a helping hand, Ms Smith said she still remained spoiler-free.
“I’m chuffed they used both my stores, I can’t wait to see it go to air,” she said.
“I haven’t heard any spoilers at all. They are helping a local family in Bendigo and we are grateful for that and happy to support them.
“What they are giving back to the community is fabulous.”