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Fire relief flows in from surrounding community members

By Jess Densley

As the earth begins to cool after the St Patrick’s Day fires, many community members are asking how they can help their fellow south-west residents get back on their feet.

The Standard has received several notifications from event organisers, community groups, charities, schools, businesses and childcare facilities keen to join the drive to assist in the fire recovery process.

Below are some of the ways you can help:

  • Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) has partnered with Bendigo Bank to establish a Community Relief Fund for fire-affected people. Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online via 
  • Donations of fodder can be made through the VFF on 1300 882 833. Donations of funds to the VFF’s South West Fires appeal can be made to
  • Donations of unused toiletries can be made at Northpoint and Target Direct Chemist Outlets, Henna St Discount Pharmacy and Dennington Discount Chemist.  Distribution will be coordinated by Warrnambool & District Food Share.

  • The South West Community Foundation has established a Bush Fire Recovery Fund. Visit the website or make out a cheque to the foundation and send to P.O. Box 478 Warrnambool, 3280; or contact executive officer Karen Norris on 0437 756 082 for bank transfer donations.
  • Cudgee Primary School are offering a free hot meal to any fire-affected families who attend their Harvest Festival on Friday. The annual night market, celebrating all things country, will also have donation boxes for perishable food and cash which will go to the St Patrick’s Day fires appeal.

  • Goodstart Early Learning Centres in Warrnambool and Dennington have donated over 40 kilos of food donated by family, friends, and educators of the facilities. The food will be distributed by Foodshare.
  • Mid City Motel in Warrnambool have generously donated $10,000 worth of accommodation to fire affected families in the south-west.
  • Cruise for a Cause have opted to donate 50 per cent of funds raised at this year’s Poker Run event on April 7 to those affected by the St Patrick Day fires.
  • Young Professionals Warrnambool are hosting a trivia night March 28 at The Seanchai Irish Bar with all proceeds assisting in the fire relief.
  • The Loft will hold a fundraising concert on Saturday featuring an array of local musicians from 3pm.
  • Camperdown’s Mercy Regional College is collecting donations of food, toiletries and vouchers for families in the Camperdown Community affected by the fires and the College’s Year 12 students are also holding an Easter Egg Raffle and gold coin casual dress day on March 28 with all monies raised also going to the fire appeal.
  • Coprice in Cobden are hosting a Fire Recovery Information Night for dairy farmers at the Cobden Football and Netball Club on March 28 at 7pm. Guest speakers will share their advice on getting farms back on track following the fires.
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