By Perth, Australia News Group (Originally in English)
On the morning of January 12, 2014, a devastating bushfire broke out in Parkerville, Perth Hills, Australia, sparked by a fallen power pole. Exacerbated by an intense heatwave, the fire quickly spread to the surrounding neighborhoods such as Stoneville and Mount Helena, claiming one life, over 50 homes, and approximately 650 hectares of bush. More than a hundred firefighters from 17 brigades were needed to bring the blaze under control.
The Perth community rallied strongly to support the Hills people in need, and by January 26 over AUD 317,000 in contributions was raised. The West Australian Government also contributed AUD 1,000,000. Many items such as clothing and food were also given. Supreme Master Ching Hai asked our local Association members to provide assistance, adding that funds were available for reimbursement. After speaking with a park ranger working in the area, our Association members from Perth and Sydney contributed AUD 5,700 (US$5,014), along with additional clothing, to help those in need.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Bushfire Relief in Perth, Australia
|Cash contribution to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund for Parkerville Fire Appeal||5,200||A,C|
|Cash contribution to The Salvation Army (Western Australia) Social Services||500||B|
|Total|| AUD 5,700
Photos Courtesy of the Community Newspaper Group