Welcome to BlazeAid – a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.
Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.
“We asked you to come help us rebuild our fences but you guys have done way more than that, you have helped us rebuild our broken community. For that we are forever grateful to you and all the amazing volunteers.”
Maree Perkins, Monto, Qld, 2013 Flood
BLAZEAID 10 YEAR REUNION
Please Share- Will you join us to celebrate ten years of BlazeAid this Spring Melbourne Cup weekend Nov 3rd to 5th (Sun to Tues) 2019?
All are invited incl. BlazeAid volunteers, blazeaid supporters, cooks, farmers, graziers, donors and anyone who has been involved in BlazeAid’s success since Feb 9, 2009!
Last reunion at Kilmore East in Nov 2010, about 10% of the then 3000 blazeaiders and supporters(about 300 people) turned up -but now our numbers have stretched to around 30,000. So if we use the old figure that 10% might turn up for a day or two, that makes it 3000 to attend- even if the figures are quarter or half right, that’s a lot of people in one place to celebrate!
We expect that you will be able to bring your van (minimal cost) , join in on fencing games as we did in 2010 reunion, have dinner with old friends, peruse ten years of photographic memorabilia, hear recitals of the tens of BlazeAid poems written by top blazeaiders and more
We hope that Macca of ABC ‘Aust All Over’ and his wonderful producer Lee Kelly – our BlazeAid Patron – will join us on one day – maybe an Outside Broadcast Macca??
This early November weekend time was chosen as BlazeAid does not usually have bases running at this time but we realise it’s very busy for others esp farmers harvesting etc..
To help with your wishes for a great weekend, we’d like some info:
- Would you like to come Yes/ No / Can’t make it/ Maybe / Depends ?
- Where would you like the 10 year BlazeAid Reunion to be held? Current choices are:
- Kilmore where BlazeAid began in 2009 (possibly Assumption college or Kilmore Trackside?) (medium cost)
- Cobden in South West Victoria (football/ netball sporting facilities) where BlazeAid was hosted and helped for 10 months after the St Pats day fires in 2018
( Corangamite shire and many Cobden community groups (Rotary etc) have kindly long offered to host) (low to medium cost anticipated)
- Bendigo Showgrounds if available ( high cost)
- Would you consider joining in on the fencing games? Yes/ No/ Maybe
4.Would you bring your van / tent/ or want accomodation (maybe billeting on farms etc?)
- Would you consider helping Chris and John Male and the organising committee?
The BlazeAid 10 year Reunion Organising Committee contacts are
- Christine 0418 745 994and John Male (leaders)
- Melissa 0413 116 050and Ryan Jones (daughter and wonderful SIL of founders Kevin and Rhonda Butler)
- Sarah Butler0481 372 039 ( our youngest daughter) and her equally wonderful partner Rhys Long
Any feedback by the deadline (17/7/19) – for Committee deciding the venue- is appreciated
Many thanks or ring
Thanks for sharing!
West to East Railwayline Fuel Drive’
BlazeAid is running a fuel drive to try and raise funds to cart 800 tonnes of rail line to help with the recent NW Queensland flood recovery.
Last week, Michael King 0428 929 598 from Port Headland WA freighted – by road train- 200 tonnes of railway line for fencing posts to help flood hit NW Qld farmers in Cloncurry and Richmond.
The Railwayline is brilliant for for fence strainer posts and cattle yard construction and is highly sought after by graziers rebuilding after the floods
There is another 800 tonnes of rail line ready to come over and blazeaid is seeking fuel vouchers from fuel companies as well as help from fellow aussies to pay for the fuel.
This is for another 12 road trains to make the big trip across and back of near 8000 kms- at a fuel cost of $10,000 for each road train.
Please, consider putting in for BlazeAid’s ‘West to East Railwayline Fuel Drive’ by googling BlazeAid donations and sending us an email to tell us that it’s for the West to East Railwayline Fuel Drive.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE
NW QUEENSLAND FLOOD RECOVERY
A Call Out our to Farmers and Graziers and Stock Agents around Australia – how you can give a hand up …
Rhonda and I sold our merino wool clip in Melb yesterday.
While inspecting our wool in the sample boxes prior to the sale, I couldn’t help feel how grateful I was – that I had not been hand feeding out a diminished flock in drought for 7 years but had a wool clip to sell right now at high prices and I would go home after these sales and feed mobs of ewes that were not against fences drowned but had from them an income for the next three years and more.
The sobering story of the flood hit NQ Qld graziers after 7 years of drought and catastrophic floods smashing their herds and future incomes for several years is something I can’t get my head around- they and their young families must be helped by us.
So it was an empathetic no brainer to have my agents Aust Wool Network deduct just .05% of my gross proceeds ($600) and have it put towards BlazeAid 100% of which is destined direct to NW Qld graziers for vouchers of $3000 Post and Wire Et al ( meaning ALL flood related repairs & rebuilding- fencing materials, pipes, troughs – even vaccinations for botulism ) to be spent at their local Stock and Station agent in centres like Cloncurry, Richmond, Julia Crk,Winton, Hughenden, Mt Isa. Local traders need this outside cash injection as they depend on the graziers- many of them have direct connections to the land and have suffered massive losses as well.
Last week, BlazeAid Coordinators handed out $40000 to 15 graziers – the first of what will be recurring grants to vetted, deserving and worthy graziers. So far about $220,000 has been raised and I would like to see reach $10mill over the next 6 months.
Meanwhile blazeaid volunteers will be fencing etc on around 60 -100 stations daily once we hit our peak in April ( 18 currently)
So whatever you are selling, consider those up there worse off and take action by speaking to your trusted agent to give them a hand up. It is tax deductible
Kevin and Rhonda Butler BlazeAid Founders 0418530471
POST AND WIRE DRIVE
Blazeaid is seeking donations towards the Post and Wire Drive to help Queensland Flood Victims.
If you would like to donate to BlazeAid and have your money go to a our Posts & Wire Drive for deserving and appreciative farmers, simply let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Debbie on 0418 990 267. You can use any of the donation methods outlined on our Donations Page.
PUBLIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION
BlazeAid is now a registered charity with PBI status.
A Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) is a type of charity which has a predominant (main) purpose of relieving needs arising from conditions such as poverty, sickness, distress or helplessness. This is known as providing ‘benevolent relief’.
PBI status is recognised by ACNC and ATO alike and BlazeAid can now provide its donors with tax deductible receipts. This is a very welcome annoucement and BlazeAid looks forward to being able to provide DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) to its donors.
Rural communities in all Australian States
If you have been affected by a natural disaster, please visit our Fencing Help page for information about having BlazeAid volunteers working with you.
Please click here for information about How to Establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.
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Ian “Macca” McNamara is the Patron of BlazeAid. We thank him for his wonderful support in helping BlazeAid find volunteers to help with our fence rebuilding. ABC radio and TV have been invaluable in their support of BlazeAid since its inception in 2009. Hundreds of our volunteers have heard about BlazeAid through the ABC, especially on Macca s Australia All Over. We look forward to a long ongoing relationship with the ABC, especially with Macca on Sunday mornings.
Please check this website regularly for updates.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.