Blaze Aid - Natural Disaster Relief
Driving out to Roseworthy Campus in Adelaide’s mid north, you pass through acres and acres of prime farming land. With fences running all the way from the roads edge to the horizon, it is amazing that this type of serenity is only a short drive from the density of the city.
On November 25th 2015 as the temperatures hit record breaking highs, small grass fires ignited which quickly turned into life threatening fire storms sweeping over the golden plains of Adelaide’s north. Most of the areas residents were left without houses, cars, livestock and farm machinery and without hope of a fast rebuild due to their lack of fencing insurance.
This is where BlazeAid comes in. The volunteer-based organisation works alongside families and communities to rebuild after the devastating effects of natural disasters. The organisation based themselves at University of South Australia – Roseworthy Campus which is on the outskirts of the effected communities. Split into teams, they set off each day with a trailer full of fencing equipment, chainsaws and shovels to help rebuild farms which did not have fencing insurance.
Since the November 2015 fires, BlazeAid have had 113 farms register for their assistance and with the help of 355 volunteers they have been able to
- Restore 89 farms
- Start clearing and fencing on 105 farms
- Clear 269km of fencing
- Erect 131km of fencing
SCF has supported the volunteers by providing two 20’ containers to store all tool and materials used as they tirelessly work towards restoring the picturesque communities of Adelaide’s mid-north. After speaking with the camp organiser, John Tuckwell, it was clear to see how thankful the organisation were to have the containers to keep their tools safe and the donation made the process much smoother.
Although Blaze Aid have nearly finished in South Australia, they have recently opened two more camps in Queensland to help communities devastated by recent floods. To donate to such a worthy cause or simply learn more about their work, visit http://blazeaid.com/