WAFarmers offers their support to those who have been affected by the fires in the townships of Waroona, Harvey and Yarloop, and urges the Western Australian community to dig deep to support the recovery effort.
The blaze, which was reportedly caused by a lightning strike in Lane Poole Reserve, has currently burnt more than 50,000 hectares and destroyed at least 95 homes. Three people from Yarloop are also unaccounted for.
WAFarmers President Dale Park said the response to the Esperance fires in November was overwhelming, and urged people to continue to help those in desperate need of aid by redirecting their focus towards the current fires.
“The Esperance community has been overwhelmed by the continued support from people six weeks after the fires and is in the process of using donated funds and goods to repair their livelihoods,” Mr Park said.
“We now ask people to focus their attention on the Waroona-Harvey fires and donate much needed cash through the GoFundMe account which has been set up by WAFarmers.
“Cash is the most practical donation at this stage as people slowly start to assess the damage and determine what they need to repair their lives.
“Once the fires are extinguished and the full extent of the damage can be determined, more information about how to support the affected communities will be provided.”
Mr Park urged residents to heed emergency warnings and to work cooperatively with emergency service personnel and volunteers.
Check the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website (www.dfes.wa.gov.au) and Twitter feed (@dfes_wa) for the latest information on the fires and for evacuation information.
The GoFundMe account can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/8gx38ezg
All media requests must be directed to WAFarmers Media and Communications Officer Melanie Dunn on (08) 9486 2100 or [email protected].