Last week, our beautiful home town Stanthorpe suffered an outbreak of uncontrollable bushfires that affected many areas of the Granite Belt, leaving families without homes, threatening crops, livestock and our very scarce water supply. This fire event was brought on and has since worsened Stanthorpe's dire drought situation, which has reached crisis levels. Farmers are not planting or harvesting, tanks are empty and the town water supply is drying up. The bushfires could not have come at worse time for our little town. While the fires may have fizzled out, we are still suffering through the worst drought on record and the likelihood of more fires this summer.
Given that the bushfires have been controlled and other organisations have since provided crisis relief, we have moved to support causes that require ongoing support in the face of the drought and the impending fire season that is upon us.
· Granite Belt Drought Assist · The Association of Stanthorpe Rural Fire Brigades
Granite Belt Drought Assist are the primary facilitators of drought crisis support in Stanthorpe. They focus on the collection and distribution of drought aid including water and stockfeed, and are well-engaged in the training of volunteers to support the ongoing drought crisis.
Donations will support: o Water for farmers and residents who rely on tank water (approx. $485 for 22000L) o Food hampers for families in need ($60) o Fuel and transport costs of aid distribution o Associated volunteer and resourcing costs
Stanthorpe Rural Fire Group are the representative group for volunteer rural fire brigades in the Stanthorpe region. These brave men and women risked their own lives saving homes, properties and livelihoods for hundreds of locals. This event has shown us how valuable the Rural Fire Brigade is and we wish to keep them well-equipped and resourced for the upcoming fire season.
Donations will support:
o Purchases of personal equipment
o Maintenance of tools and equipment
o Upgrades to rural fire station
o At-fire support including food and water whilst in action
Adam and I proudly grew up in Stanthorpe and still have family and friends who live there, and felt as though we wanted to help our town recover from the bushfires and drought by donating as much money as we can to provide resources to help the Granite Belt recover. If you are from Stanthorpe, have been there or otherwise resonate with the plight of our locals – we would appreciate all the help we can get. Your support is not going to waste.
If you would like to further support this initiative please share this GoFundMe page with your friends, family and work colleagues, and let’s get Stanthorpe back on it’s feet!
PLEASE NOTE: All money will be donated directly to the benefitting organisations. Organisers of these fundraiser will receive no financial kickback or remittance.