- DEMI LYNCH -
I'm sure many of us are feeling shaken this New Year's Day.
Most New Year's Days we laugh about being hungover from the night before or we discuss how long our new year's resolutions will last.
This year is different, because Australia is on fire.
But let's remember the acts of bravery, leadership and kindness we have witnessed during this bushfire crisis.
1. All 200 animals at Mogo Wildlife Park were saved after Clyde Mountain was engulfed in flames. Mogo Zoo’s director, Chad Staples, sheltered the smaller animals (including red pandas and small monkeys) in his home to protect them from the fires. While the other 12 zoo keepers defended the fires by watering down the entire park and moving the animals to their night dens. A Featherdale Wildlife Park spokeswoman said the staff at Mogo Zoo are heroes
2. Writer and podcaster Monique Bowley wrote a post on her Instagram about her brother's house and vineyard, Vinteloper, being burned down during the Cudlee Creek fires. She told her followers the best way they could help was to #buyfromthebush and buy some of his wine from the Vineteloper website. A week later there was hope for the vineyard after an outpour of support came to the rescue.
"His phone started pinging with orders," said Monique in a recent Instagram post, "And he looked at me and said in wonder 'I....I think all your people are buying wine' and he peeled himself off the floor, and with every ping I watched him come back to life. Later that night he said Monz I love you. And he’s never said that. Not on my wedding day. Never. I think what he meant was, I love that you would do this for me."
3. When going through Bells Line of Road, Hawkesbury District firefighters were welcomed with a sign covered in letters and prayers saying thank-you to them for their heroic work. The NSW RFS Hawkesbury District said Deputy Incident Controller Mat Smith and Group Captain Craig Burley (pictured below) found it to be an "incredibly humbling experience" seeing all the thank-you notes.
4. People across Kurrajong Heights, NSW, donated Christmas presents for children of RFS volunteers. Many of the small businesses came together to buy toys for those missing their Mums or/and Dads this Christmas due to the fires.
5. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has been overwhelmed with donations and support since creating their GoFundMe page in late October. The koala rescue hospital originally created the page with a goal of raising $25,000 so they could purchase a water carrying vehicle with fire fighting capabilities and distribute 12 automatic drinking stations for the koalas. Over 45,000 people have donated to the koala hospital and over two million dollars has been raised. The GoFundMe page organiser said the extra money raised for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital will enable them to establish a wild koala breeding program and distribute more automatic drinking stations for the koalas.
Announcer & Producer of 'The Nasty Woman Club Podcast'
Co-Producer & Co-Announcer of Radio 4EB program 'Fair Comment'