Victoria's Black Saturday Bushfires

Category: Community Projects

Black Saturday seared itself into Victoria’s history books and the memories of many on the 7th February 2009.

Temperatures in Melbourne soared above 46 degrees and were higher across the state. We were all thankful that all our Members that lived and operated in the bushfire locations were safe and had houses intact although some had close calls and many knew of relatives, friends and acquaintances that were less fortunate.

It was truly heartening to witness how so many people banded together to make a difference. Armies of men, women and children filled the gaps to assist wherever they could from cleaning up fire ravaged areas, re-establishing essential services, to sorting clothing and home-wares etc at temporary donation centres. Despite the economic crisis, donations reached record highs. There were even cases where flood victims from northern Queensland were immediately signing over their Government flood money to the bush fire appeal.

So many of our Members were also directly involved in assisting whenever they could as well as general support. Laser Group chose to make a difference to one family in particular who was brought to our attention as the father is a fellow tradie. Graeme Dowling is a self employed electrician. He and his wife Bronwyn have four wonderful kids ranging in age from 2 to 15 years. Graeme was successful in getting his family out safely before the fire front hit their property and consumed everything.

It was great to see so many Members and Suppliers rally to the cause and support Graeme and his family. A further thank you goes to Hills Industry and L&H Group for their support of this initiative.


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