With fires on top of drought, our northern neighbours are really struggling. If you and/or your club are in a position to support, there have now been a number of RAWCS accounts set up to manage your donations:
 
The projects are:
Please talk to Community Service Director Peter Kirkwood if you have any plans to support our bush cousins so that a coordinated approach can be taken. And thank you all so much for what you have already provided to so many across our state.
 
 
In case you are wondering if Shelterbox can or are supporting this disaster, ROWLEY TOMPSETT, Chair, ShelterBox Australia provides the following input to your questions:
“It’s been devastating to see the rapid spread of bushfires in Australia. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes, and the country is bracing itself for ‘the most dangerous bushfire week ever seen’.  Our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues at ShelterBox Australia.
At this time, we’re not sending a team to provide shelter aid. We’re monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update if anything changes.
  • While New South Wales and Queensland have both declared a state of emergency, the Australian Government has not made an international request for emergency shelter.  Core infrastructure, like power, communications, roads, hospitals and schools, is likely to be repaired quickly compared to other countries.
  • Our core items – including tents, tools and tarpaulins – are unlikely to be an acceptable solution for Australian families, particularly with temperatures of 40C expected.
  • Local teams already have good capacity to respond and start the recovery process.  This is due to the high-quality infrastructure, social support, availability of resources, and the preparedness activities of Government teams.”
 
 
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