It’s a not-so-happy new year here in Australia. Our beautiful country is burning, our animals are dying, and our people are losing their homes and lives. Unfortunately, fire is a deadly reality that Australians must face every summer, and it’s very close to my heart.
Here is a little story that I can’t stop thinking about.
I grew up in a tiny town of Dunolly in Central Victoria. We lived on a 10 acre block of land 10km from town, in the middle of the bush. As kids, my brother and I knew our bushfire survival plan like the back of our hands.
One day, one of the neighbors was angle grinding on a total fire ban day, 42c heat, in a dry grassy area, and of course he started a grass fire. Our parents told us to stay home, and they drove off to help put it out.
My brother and I immediately thought the worse (we were kids), so we gathered up all the photo albums, some tinned spag and 2 min noodles, the pets, and made our way to the front dam where we waited. We could see the smoke in the sky, so of course we thought the worst.
Finally mum and dad came home, and when they couldn’t find us at the house, they drove down to the front dam to find us kids sitting there with the dogs and cats, wondering if we should go in the water yet.
For us it wasn’t a drill. It is part of the reality that comes with living in such a dry harsh environment.
Sitting here in Sydney, breathing in the toxic smoke and hearing that several friends have been evacuated has left me reeling. I want to help, but I’m not in the financial position to do so.
I hummed and harred a bit, and have decided to donated $1 from every eBook and $5 from every paperback to the RFS to go towards equipment and our heroes.
It’s not much I know, and a lot of weary Aussies are on the lookout for scams and businesses who are looking to profit from this disaster.
I will be taking a loss by doing this, but I don’t care about that. This is the one way I can give back. I aim to raise around $50 is possible. Like I said, it’s not much, but at this stage every cent helps.