VICTORIA BUSH FIRES
As you are well aware in February this year Victoria suffered one of the worst bushfires on record with many deaths and homes destroyed.
Geoff and Chris Casey’s daughter Alison, son-in-law Andrew, grandchildren Sam and Ben, were lucky to escape from the devastating fire that swept through Marysville late Saturday the 7th February, fire destroyed their home and all their belongings.
Not long after learning of Alison and her family’s plight, I was approached by several members of the Active Eight asking can we as a group, do something to help this family of one of our own. After discussions firstly with Alan Teuma and Terry McDonald, your committee was contacted to work out how best we could be of assistance. It was agreed an Emergency Fund in cash would be most appropriate course of action, knowing that Alison and her family would have nothing left but the clothes on their backs.
This fund was only running for just over a week and the response from members and friends was overwhelming, considering many had by this time made donations to other funds. Also several members had already sent their donation direct to Alison via Geoff and Chris; such is the generosity of the veteran community.
The Active Eight were very pleased to help the family of one of our own and a cheque was sent to Alison and her family, I’m sure this would have been a great help in purchasing just general items.
Secretary; Bob Bald