By: Charlie Barnett, Project Manager
On 3 January I received a photograph of a property completely destroyed by fire, just one of far too many homes, equipment sheds and crops lost in the recent summer ‘fire season’. Rotary Clubs and districts around Australia provided cash assistance to Clubs in affected areas immediate for immediate assistance.
Mid-year two members of the Rotary Club of Mosman suggested that we do another round of support to bushfire affected families. A proposal to the Mosman Board was well received and the two areas were, Upper Macleay Valley and Running Stream in the Western District near Kandos.
Local support organisations, Macleay Recovery Hub and Step by Step were approached to identify the need in preparing a proposal the concept being to ask local Rotary Clubs to donate to the project, for Mosman to match them and to then apply for a Rotary Australia grant to double the funds raised.
Visits to all associated organisations including a joint meeting of Macleay Valley Clubs at Kempsey Shire Council with comprehensive briefing on work done by the Recovery Hub culminated in agreement in principle to proceed with donations totalling $7,000. On 14 September with their additional $7,000 Mosman President applied for a matching amount from Rotary Australia of $14,000. The Grant of $14,000 was approved and on 4 November Mosman registered RAWCS Project 34-2020-21 with the name ’Rehabilitation of bushfire affected families in NSW’ with dates 1 Dec 20 to 30 Nov 21.