I’m Nadine Myers. I’m a member of the
Ewingar Rural Fire Brigade. We had the Long Gully fire hit our area last year. The fire just took off and there was so much fuel that the fire just rushed through this area. So, there’s no stopping it. All we could do was just get out there and protect all the assets and try and keep the people safe. We’re a really remote community out here. We didn’t think there’d be much help coming our way because most people don’t even know where we are or that we exist. So, we decided to take the recovery into our own hands and see if we could raise some money to help those people that lost their houses and fencing and septics and tanks and things. And so we started a fundraiser on Facebook, and we also did a three-day music event. We had about 20 bands altogether that came and
volunteered their time. We’ve raised about $50,000, which we’re really proud of, and we’ve decided, as a community, that that money will go towards the people who have lost the most. I think what happened here in our community is what I really love about Australia. We rally together, we support each other, and look after each other especially when events like these bushfires happen.