Helping communities recover after natural disasters.
BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences that have been damaged or destroyed.
Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.
NSW bushfires, October 2013
We are saddened to see so many Australians once again devastated by recent bushfires.
At this stage, we have not had any requests for assistance, and do not have any basecamps planned.
Please keep an eye on this website for further details.
Our fencing work after the 2013 bushfires and floods in early 2013 in the eastern states of Australia has now finished. Our tools and equipment are in storage.
BlazeAid basecamps will start up again in rural communities when we are called on to help after future bushfires or floods.
BlazeAid President’s Report
2 October 2013
A thousand acts of kindness are done every day in BlazeAid by hundreds of thoughtful people.
In this report I hope to highlight many of these thoughtful deeds … Click here to read more
If you would like to see the final Fencing Statistics for this year’s camps, please click here.
Please visit our Noticeboard page for updates, including:
Cathy Gagiero’s book, The Curse of Verse. Cathy will donate 10% of sales of her book to BlazeAid.
Interviews with BlazeAid volunteers, including Martine Harte’s interview with Rhonda Butler for her Engaging Women website.
Click here to find us on Facebook.
The Rotary e-Club has organised a Red Centre “Safare” from late July to late August 2014. It’s open to anyone to attend – not just Rotarians. (NB This event is not connected to BlazeAid.)
Please click here for more information.
Bushfires in Tasmania, 2013
Our Hamilton and Sorell basecamps have now closed.
Bushfires in NSW, 2013
Our Nimmitabel, Bookham and Coonabarabran basecamps have now closed.
Bushfires in Victoria, 2013
Our Maffra/Heyfield basecamp has now closed.
Floods in Queensland, 2013
Our Biggenden, Gin Gin, Monto, Mundubbera, Murgon, Dululu, Junction View and Mulgowie/Laidley basecamps have now closed.
Rural Families in all Australian States
If you have been affected by a natural disaster, please visit our Fencing Help page for information about having BlazeAid volunteers working with you.
Click here for information about how to establish a BlazeAid basecamp in your area.
BlazeAid relies entirely on donations.
Please note, we now have a new bank account with the Bendigo Bank.
For information about donating to BlazeAid, please visit our Donations page, which includes our Donations Wish List. You can now also donate via PayPal. Donations to BlazeAid can now be Tax Deductible – please visit our Donations page for details of how to donate to receive a tax receipt.
BlazeAid Administrator (Contractor)
BlazeAid has received a tied Funding Grant from the Thyne Reid Foundation to pay for a BlazeAid Administrator for the next two years. We are very grateful to the members of the Thyne Reid Foundation for supporting BlazeAid as our work expands.
With the massive increase in BlazeAid activity over the past three years, the Administrative work has increased significantly. Lyn Bailey has been a Volunteer since June 2009. She established most of the administrative and bookkeeping procedures for BlazeAid, in addition to working at various basecamps and helping run BlazeAid. She has been appointed as the BlazeAid Administrator for BlazeAid, and works as a Contractor (paid on an hourly basis for time worked).
When the annual funding from the Thyne Reid Foundation has been spent, Lyn will return to working as a BlazeAid Volunteer . Her position on the BlazeAid Committee continues to be in a voluntary capacity.
All donations received by BlazeAid will continue to go directly to our work of helping rebuild fencing and working with communities after natural disasters. Donations will not be used to fund or support the Administration position in any way.
Ian “Macca” McNamara is the Patron of BlazeAid. We thank him for his wonderful support in helping BlazeAid find volunteers to help with our fence rebuilding. ABC radio and TV have been invaluable in their support of BlazeAid since its inception in 2009. Hundreds of our volunteers have heard about BlazeAid through the ABC, especially on Macca s Australia All Over. We look forward to a long ongoing relationship with the ABC, especially with Macca on Sunday mornings.
Please check this website regularly for updates.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.