I am the Niece of Mariska Ascher who is the face of the Mallacoota Fundraising Group.
She is currently waiting and preparing to be fighting fires around her home so I have decided to help her, I would continue what she is doing and open a GoFundMe to assist her as she doesn't have energy or focus to be making this herself at the moment... more important things she is dealing with at the moment, I am sure you can understand.
All funds raised will be deposited into the bank account of the Mallacoota Fundraising Group.
Just to let all know where the donations are going:
1. The funds will be partly for the fire station upgrade to fight future fires as Mariska has informed me that they are surviving with a single truck. The rest who have helped fight the fires is the surrounding fire stations who have come together to help Mallacoota not be burnt to the ground. There is definitely money also needed for them to prepare for any future fires with the increasing heat coming in the next few years. We don't want a repeat of this ever again if we can help it. Remember that these firefighters are volunteers risking their lives to protect everyone else so without them, there would be no Mallacoota or homes saved. Some of what is raised will need to go back to them as they put their lives on hold - one drove 800kms to help without a cent being earnt to risk his life for homes and the land. This is just one example they have gone to to help save what we all love.
2. It will also be split across the community accordingly based on how much is raised. I understand everyone wants to help the community and we are doing our best to get this arranged quickly. The money already donated WILL be split and won't go to just one area of Mallacoota. The more money raised, the more people we can help.
3. The wildlife are suffering and this money will also go towards the care, maintenance and medical expenses of the wildlife. There are a number of lucky ones which survived the fire but are now suffering extremely painful hands, feet, noses and eyes which remain swollen, charred, blistered and weeping from the flames which can only be described as 3rd degree burns which then produce agonising blisters, and many with broken bones from trying to run for their lives but unable to run fast enough. They need our help more than ever so your donations will also go to the shelter these poor suffering animals are being treated. This has been the location that now famous Patrick Boyle has been taking the koalas he has rescued.
A simple comment when donating would suffice if someone wants to have their money go to a specific area rather than split across the whole cause. It will save people having to try and reach out to Mariska herself to move money to the correct area manually.
Bank details for those who want to direct transfer are as follows:
Mallacoota Fundraising Group
I hope this helps clear everything up. Stay safe everyone and thank you for the support.
Below is a post she put up on Facebook for people wanting to donate to support those who have been affected by and fighting the fires.
"Me again. Most people know us as the Mallacoota Fundraising Group, selling our Fundraising calendars.
Anyone wanting to donate to our fire fighters or the community rebuild can donate to this account & we will organise that they receive it.❤️
Mallacoota Fundraising Group
Every 5 cents count!
$200 has already gone in
$200 has been offered.
Thank you to all that have followed our messages. I hope I have helped you as much as you have helped me
If you would like to deposit directly that is fine, otherwise feel free to contribute here. Every cent helps!!
As a thank you from the Mallacoota Fundraising Group, all donations over $100 will be given a 2020 Mallacoota calendar which is a beautiful keepsake of the way Mallacoota was before the fires hit this amazing and magical little pocket of Australia.
Stay safe and thank you for your support.
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