Vinnies calls for financial support to help fire recovery

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is collecting financial donations to go towards assisting the families and communities devastated by the recent fires.

34 homes were destroyed in the recent Sir Ivan Fire which ripped through Dunedoo and Uarbry. A church, community hall and many outbuildings were also destroyed.

“The physical loss of a home is devastating and but many of these families have also lost much of their livestock and crops, greatly affecting their income in the years to come,” said the Society’s Bathurst Central Council President Maurie Ryan.

“The effects of this fire will be far-reaching and long-lasting but Vinnies will be there to assist with the recovery efforts.

“Vinnies members live and work in these affected communities so they will be there for the long haul, helping the rebuild process and supporting people wherever they can.

“At this stage, financial donations are the most effective way to quickly provide the right kind of assistance to people who need it most,” Mr Ryan said.

Financial donations will be accepted in any shop in the Central West to help support affected families in the Sir Ivan Fire.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO, Jack de Groot, said: “In the difficult weeks and months ahead, the trauma will start to hit home. Vinnies will be there not only with on-ground assistance but also with compassion and friendship.”