The damage from the weekend’s fires has been devastating. Too many houses, buildings and livestock have been lost and the full damage is still yet to be assessed.
Being the generous community that Mudgee is, many people have come out to try to support those in need and we have seen many offering their hands to help in any way they can.
For those unsure of how they can help we thought we would compile a list of ways to offer your contributions:
Aid For Those Affected By The Sir Ivan and Kains Flat Fires Facebook Page
We recommend following the Aid For Those Affected By The Sir Ivan and Kains Flat Fires Facebook Page, which has been created specifically to spread the word about where to offer assistance and donations.
They have been sharing calls for help and assistance and are worth following so you can stay up-to-date with information on the various ways to offer help.
It is also worth contacting the page if you are trying to reach out for community help.
Helping Hand for a Mate on the Land
A fodder run will leave from Cootamundra this Saturday (18/2/17) and drive to the fire affected areas of Leadville, Cassilis, Duneedo and Coolah to deliver bales of hay to help feed surviving livestock.
At the time of writing a number of writing there is about 800 bales of both rolls and big squares of hay set to be carted on 18-20 trucks.
The biggest push now is for funds to provide further help and support, however if you think you can offer more help in terms of hay, drivers or trucks then get in touch with the organisers – Paul Manwarring on 0407 304 052 or Andrew Glover on 0427 203 895.
All help is appreciated. To find out more visit the Helping Hand for a Mate on the Land Facebook Page.
A number of gofundme pages have been created to help raise funds for those affected by the fires and there is likely to be more go up as time progresses. Here are some of the pages so far:
- https://www.gofundme.com/local-fire-services-landholders – From the page: The Mudgee Show Rodeo is fundraising for local landholders and RFS Volunteers directly impacted by the fire. Money raised will go directly to our locals affected by the recent fires and support our local RFS Groups.
- https://www.gofundme.com/bush-fire-appeal – From the page: All monies donated will go to those affected by the fires to help rebuild their lives. It will go towards clothing, food, animal feed, accommodation and any other necessities. Once all donations are collected, they will be handed to the local community emergency parties i.e.: lions club, vinnies etc.
- https://www.gofundme.com/farmer-loses-everying-in-nsw-fires – From the page: My Father Warren Jarvis has lost everything in the recent NSW fires. Any contribution no matter how small would be a massive help with food, clothing, blankets, clean up costs and to help him get back on his feet.
- https://www.gofundme.com/3dj0r5k – From the page: NSW BUSHFIRES 2017- Uarbry NSW My Dad and his wife have just lost everything in the bushfires yesterday (12th Feb) at Uarbry NSW, Australia. I am asking for help to get them on their feet again and to help them along while they have no where to live, no roof over there heads, no clothes, no food. Any amount is greatly appreciated and I personally thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you gathering
Cudgegong Cruisers Inc are hosting a Thank You event at the Mudgee Showground this Saturday 18th February from 1pm to 5pm.
This is an event that will give the community a chance to come together and thank our local firies and volunteers.
All RFS personal and anyone associated with the bushfire efforts are welcome to head along.
Members of the public are encouraged to come along too and make a donation in exchange for a BBQ lunch and cold drinks.
All proceeds from the day will go towards local brigades.
Thank you to all the fire fighters and volunteers stilling working hard to keep fires under control throughout NSW.
To stay up-to-date with local fire news, make sure to follow the NSW Rural Fire Service on Facebook.