Donations show region's generosity

Talitha Wolfe, ALBANY ADVERTISERAlbany Advertiser
Loading the supplies for victims into the truck.
Camera IconLoading the supplies for victims into the truck. Credit: Albany Advertiser

True Aussie spirit shone through when more than $15,000 worth of donations were collected by the Great Southern communities for victims of the Waroona fires last week.

After hearing of the fires that devastated more than 71,000ha in the Shires of Harvey and Waroona from a lightning strike last Wednesday, Mt Barker, Albany and Kojonup locals decided to rally together.

Mt Barker's Kiara Hambley said the idea was a spur of the moment decision.

"Mum and I had planned to go to Perth on Tuesday and I had already been going through all my stuff at the time, so it kind of went from there," she said.

"We just put a post on Facebook on Friday saying we were going from Perth to take donations and it just went so crazy, so we went up on Saturday."

Boxes of toys, nappies, bathers, clothing, towels, linen, toiletries and food supplies were donated as well in-kind donation from businesses, including $1600 worth of products from Mt Barker IGA, more than $500 in stock and pet feed from Elders and school supplies from Mt Barker Newsagency .

Ms Hambley said the extent and generosity of the donations were overwhelming, including the support of Albany V-Belt and Rubber, which acted as a drop-off point, and an anonymous customer who donated his truck for the trip.

"We had no idea it was going to take off like this - we thought we were just going to be taking mum's little Commodore but it ended up being truck," she said.

Ms Hambley said the fire's victims had stopped taking donations until they were settled, but they planned on doing another trip on January 23.

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