Bush Fire Appeal - Allocation of Funds

Posted by | Jul 14, 2020 |

The generosity of many Inner Wheel Clubs throughout the world towards our country was amazing and gratefully received by Inner Wheel Australia. This certainly showed the true value of Inner Wheel membership and the values which we uphold. Approximately $125,000AUD was received from many clubs and individual members from overseas and Australia. Following is a brief outline of where the funds were allocated.

With the assistance of club members submissions were received from communities in fire ravaged area’s nominating where they felt the best use of the grants would support as many community families as possible.

Australia has many isolated small towns with village halls that are the lifeblood of the community. These halls become places of refuge during a disaster such as a fire as well as a meeting place for the provision of food and support to the volunteer firefighters and residents left homeless. Donations to these communities allow for the replacement of kitchen and bathroom facilities which will improve amenities for future disasters.

School children in many communities were also impacted severely by these fires and the ability of parents and school communities to be able to fund the purchase of necessary digital equipment for their pupils encouraged us to donate funds towards the purchase of IPads and Electronic whiteboards for the schools.

Donations of vouchers to needy families was also an essential part of our program.

Many of Australia’s wildlife and fauna were injured or lost during this disaster. Donations to the Cooberrie Wildlife Park for the provision of food and medical supplies for the treatment of rescued wildlife was gratefully received as well as funds to other communities and Landcare groups for the re vegetation of areas decimated by the fires.

Several communities operate Mobile Food Pantries that provided food to those in need both volunteer fire fighters as well as residents and continue to do so during the recovery period. During the height of the fires one van was providing over 300 meals a day. Donations to these vans will update and replace worn equipment.

Whilst the Rural Fire Brigades were supported by generous donations from the government and personal donations, several areas were identified where funds could be directed that would assist and enhance the work of our valuable volunteer fire fighters. These included the supply of reversing cameras to fire trucks, funds towards the provision of mobile water tankers and assisting with the provision of rainwater tanks, pumps and sprinklers systems to Rural Fire Brigade sheds that are situated in isolated communities. Many of these shed form a hub for the community and were felt to be very vulnerable in the event of further fires.

Robyn Gillespie

IPP/National Representative