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.
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More Volunteers are needed
at our basecamps in the Lockyer Valley, Qld at Mulgowie and Junction View.
There are still rural families relying on our help. Please, if you’re able to volunteer with us, give us a call.
Some people are ready to throw in the towel and walk off their land. With the help of BlazeAid volunteers from all walks of life, we can work alongside them and help get them back on their feet. We’ve already made a difference in the lives of hundreds of families. You, too, can become a BlazeAid volunteer and let these families know that they’re not alone, and not forgotten after the media coverage has faded.
Volunteers – are you available to help in Victoria in July?
The Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show is on from 19-21 July. Volunteers are needed to help set up for the Show, and to help out during the Show from Tuesday 16 July to Tuesday 23 July. More volunteers are needed some days than others, so you won’t need to be working all the time.
Volunteers can stay onsite in their caravans or motorhomes. Please contact Andrew on 03 5439 5094 or email email@example.com, with a cc to firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmers generously donate a fleece to be sold for various charities, and BlazeAid will receive this year’s proceeds.
This year, the Biddeston Tractor Pull will be donating their profits to BlazeAid. Please support this weekends on 22-23 June. The Kingaroy Tractor Pull is on the following weekend.
Click on the Tractor Pull Flyer for details.
Volunteers – Many of the areas we’re working in are hilly or steep. If you have any medical conditions or disabilities that might make it difficult for you to work in these conditions, please discuss it with the Camp Coordinator before coming to the basecamp.
Bushfires in Tasmania, 2013
Our Hamilton and Sorell basecamps have now closed. We do not have any basecamps in Tasmania.
Bushfires in NSW, 2013
Fencing continues from our basecamp in NSW at Coonabarabran.
Our Nimmitabel and Bookham basecamps have now closed.
Bushfires in Victoria, 2013
Our basecamp in Heyfield, Gippsland (previously at Maffra) has now closed.
Floods in Queensland, 2013
Fencing continues from our basecamps at Murgon, Mulgowie and Junction View, Queensland.
Our Murgon basecamp is likely to close on 24 June, and has enough volunteers to complete their fencing work.
Our Biggenden, Gin Gin, Monto, Mundubbera and Dululu 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.
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.
If you are able to donate fencing materials, including plain wire, steel posts, barbed wire, ringlock, end assemblies etc, we can pass these on to families who cannot afford them.
In Qld and NSW, you can drop them off at the basecamps.
BlazeAid Administration Contractor
BlazeAid has received a tied Funding Grant from the Thyne Reid Foundation to pay for an Administration Contractor 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 the administrative and bookkeeping procedures for BlazeAid, in addition to working at various basecamps and helping run BlazeAid. She has been appointed as the Administration contractor for BlazeAid.
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.