Shipping containers full of donations bound for Bushfire survivors

Neighbourhood Watch 3193 (NHW) continues to provide support and relief donations to people in East Gippsland affected by the devastating 2019-2020 bushfire season.

NHW 3193 recently called on Bayside residents for help to fill two 20ft shipping containers with relief donations.

The response to their rallying call was overwhelming with an influx of generous donations from the community.

Council provided a central drop-off point for the donations that came flooding in.

Mayor Cr Laurence Evans OAM said it was wonderful to see the community response.

“Neighbourhood Watch 3193 have been successful in co-ordinating the community, bringing residents and different community groups together and raising awareness,” Cr Evans said.

“It was one of the worst fire seasons Australia has ever seen and it’s important that those affected are not forgotten.”

NHW 3193 President Philip Lovel AM said it wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers who have been assisting the group.

“Without their help we could not have completed this task,” Mr Lovel said.

“In December, we freighted 88 boxes of toys and food to Cann River and spent January sorting through donations of tools, food, white goods, workshop equipment and more.”

“We made a commitment to do more to help these people who feel forgotten,” Mr Lovel said.

The two containers are ready to be freighted to Cann River and the goods will be distributed to the fire victims by Sherylle Holster of Cann River Volunteers.

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