Bushfire Appeal

Posted on: February 10, 2009

Brent Lukey, taken from The Age website

A bushfire in the Yarra Valley, as seen from Tarrawarra. Photo: Brent Lukey, taken from The Age website

I trust many of you would have heard of the terrible bushfires the state of Victoria, Australia has been suffering these past few days. It’s devastating and shocking… And I think it’s really taken a few days for people here to being to take it in. Eerily, I would have never heard of many of the towns and hamlets effected , however a few of the places burnt down or curently under threat are beautiful locations we had been researching as we started scoping out our wedding plans. Gorgeous picturesque towns surrounded by bushland – completely wiped out. Marysville – and all its beautiful historic buildings – completely GONE. King Lake where the fantastic Permablitz crew did a project last year GONE.

We have made a donation to the Red Cross Bushfire appeal and if you are able to as well I urge you to do so. Over 170 people have died in the fires so far and they are expecting that number to rise to possibly 300, over 700 families have lost their homes and well over 3000 people are now homeless. It’s so hard to make sense of any of these numbers.

Clem at RRR have also thought to organise a collection of toiletries and sanitary items for the victims which I think is a fantastically practical and immediate way we are able to assist. So we headed to the local independent supermarket after work to fill some bags with items we thought they could do with.

If you’re able to get to Brunswick East tomorrow between 10am and 6pm tomorrow and are able to drop some items off for the collection that would be brilliant!

From Clem via Facebook:

Toiletries & Sanitary Items For Bushfire Victims – Wednesday Collection At RRR

Hi all, I’m organising a collection of toiletries, women’s sanitary items, disposable razors and shampoo/conditioner (and any other small bathroom/toiletry essentials) to be delivered to the major “base camp” refuges in the fire zone. The command centres and volunteers have expressed a need for these items and what exists in the shops that remain won’t last long as (obviously) there are no deliveries being made.

In monetary terms it’s not even a drop in the ocean (i.e. $10 for some pads and tampons, or a set of shampoo and conditioner, or some kids’ toothbrushes – just pop them in the trolley along with your other groceries) but will make a huge difference to someone who has nothing and needs to restore a bit of humanity and dignity amongst the destruction. The small relief of something as simple as having a preferred brand of tampon or the ability to have a shave in these circumstances should not be underestimated.

I will be doing a “drop-off”/pick-up at Triple R (corner of Nicholson & Blyth Streets, East Brunswick; end of 96 tram line) on WEDNESDAY of this week, during office hours: 10am to 6pm. The time and day is non-negotiable but we hope this won’t be an obstacle to people’s charity!

PLEASE NOTE: we will NOT be able to accept food/perishables, or clothes/blankets. There are other drives doing so including the Salvos and Coles (etc).

What we WILL be glad to accept:

* pads and tampons (and maternity and incontinence pads)
* disposable razors (both “genders”) and shave creams
* shampoo and conditioner
* infant stuff (breast pumps, baby bottles, baby powder etc)
* toothbrushes and toothpaste
* soap
* sunscreen
* hand sanitizers
* face washers
* toiletry bags (preferably stuffed with all of the above!)

Hope to see some of you there to fill some “Coles bags” for the bushfire victims.

Any questions (or if you’d like to be “on call” to volunteer/sort in case we get swamped – which we hope we do!) shoot me a message or email clembastow[AT] with a relevant subject.

Thanks and hope to see a lot of you there on Wednesday x


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