The worldwide response and attention given to the bush fire crisis has been overwhelming. From celebrity donations, military evacuations, local bake sales through to highly skilled strike teams saving the prehistoric Wollemi Pine forest, people around the nation and around the world have united to help.
Print, television and social media are filled with fundraising efforts for local welfare, fire brigade and wildlife groups, kids on school holidays have been seen manning bake sales and selling drawings to raise funds for the local CFA. Village Resident groups have collaborated and coordinated to raise over $3500 with more funds still coming. This deep human need for people to connect and contribute is heightened in times of crisis and a wonderful demonstration of the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity.
As a community and as individuals, we offer prayers and support to those families displaced by the bushfires. We are especially proud of those fighting the fires and risking their lives for others and trust that they return to their families and homes safely.
It has been a difficult start to 2020 for so many people and their communities. If you can contribute to the fundraising efforts for bushfire assistance then I encourage you to do so. We have been in discussion with the Salvation Army and if any resident or staff member would like to give to the relief effort, then we can accept the donation and deliver it to the Salvos and you will receive a tax receipt for the amount donated.
Take care in this extreme and unpredictable weather, and enjoy the last month of summer.
Kim Jackson, Executive Manager