Bushfire Fundraising

10-Jan-2020


Recently we were contacted by one of our wonderful members, Dr Surjit Tarafdar, a Staff Specialist at Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital, who is calling on supporters to provide urgent funds to assist those affected by the Australian Bushfire Crisis. In his request, he has stated that in his 14 years of living in Australia, he has “ never seen this beautiful and welcoming country face the level of devastation that it does now with the recent onset of massive bushfires”.

These bushfires have ravaged communities and affected the lives of all Australians. ASMOF want to especially acknowledge the tireless work of our members who are providing urgent medical care in these challenging circumstances.

We have seen an extraordinary effort from individuals and communities to support each other through this crisis. We are proud to share the GoFundme page created by Dr Tarafdar on behalf of the Australian Red Cross Society.

Please help him reach his goal.

 

One of ASMOF's Staff Members (ACT) has been caught up with the crisis in Cobargo and recently sent us this message:

Our small rural village of Cobargo on the NSW Far South Coast was overwhelmed by a massive firestorm on New Year’s Eve. We lost two much-loved Cobargo locals - father and son Robert and Patrick Salway died in the conflagration. We lost at least 88 homes, thousands of animals died, farms have been ravaged and the heart of our beautiful village has been razed to the ground.

We need your help to rebuild. The Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund has been set up by community representatives to fund projects of benefit to the whole community. It is run by community volunteers and funds will be allocated to projects in consultation with the community.

The Cobargo Folk Festival, through the Yuin Folk Club Inc, is
kicking off the fund with a donation of $10,000. It is an enormous privilege to be able to help our community in this way.

As many have seen from our independent bushfire relief centre our community is resilient, resourceful, and determined. We plan to shape our own future and are now raising the funds to do this. We are not waiting to be told what to do and are taking our future into our own hands. The fund will be managed transparently and fully audited.

All enquiries, including media, to cobargofund@gmail.com

All contributions, big and small, to:
Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund.
Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
Account no: 171 210 016