Radio and TV Programs, Interviews, etc.

April 2015
Click on the link below to hear BlazeAid co-ordinator Brian Carr chat about getting farmers back on their feet after the devastating Northcliffe Bushfires.
Click Here For Full Interview

7 April 2014
His Excellency, Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove visited BlazeAid’s Wandong basecamp.

ABC 774’s The Conversation Hour honoured BlazeAid with a special on-site broadcast.

Jon Faine has given unwavering support to BlazeAid since 2009. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to join us on the day, however, Prue and Jonathan had a terrific programme.

Click here to hear Prue Bentley and Jonathan Ridnell’s broadcast.

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Click here for the ABC News Victoria’s coverage of the Governor General and Lady Cosgrove’s visit to BlazeAid.

“You build fences for people who need them but you also build bridges between all of the volunteers and those in need.”

Channel 9 News Coverage
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The Age

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“Sir Peter came to the small Victorian town of Wandong on Monday to celebrate  what he called the Australian spirit before visiting the farm in the hills  outside nearby Wallan.

The very worst of circumstances, he told a crowd of hundreds, some of them  victims of Victoria’s Black Saturday and more recent fires, most volunteers with  BlazeAid, brought out the best in Australians. ”We will bend our backs and  empty our pockets to help others,” he said.”

The Age’s Coverage
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“Surreal, it’s been absolutely magic,” BlazeAid founder Kevin Butler said of the visit.

“What a great governor-general – he brings to the office just a wealth of leadership, charisma, empathy … (he) just embraces everything that is Australia.

“What a wonderful five years or whatever he’s got (in the role) that we have as Australians.”

News.com.au’s Story.
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ABC TV Coverage
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14 February 2014
Leah MacLennan of ABC TV’s 7.30 South Australia visited our basecamp at Palmer, SA and spoke with volunteers and local property owners.
Click here to see her report, Mending Fences.

September 2013
Journalist Martine Harte has a website, Engaging Women in which she tells a vast array of wonderful stories of some of Australia’s everyday women.
Click here to see Martine’s interview with Rhonda Butler.

April 2013
ABC Radio fundraising appeal for BlazeAid
Click here to read the ABC’s media release.

ABC Local Radio programs have given BlazeAid tremendous support over the past four years, highlighting our need for more volunteers. In April 2013 they encouraged people from throughout Australia to support our work by donation so we can continue to help people affected by natural disasters.

ABC Local Radio flagship national rural program “The Country Hour” ran a special series of regional programs from Monday 15 April 2013.

Monday, 15 April 2013

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In Melbourne on “The Conversation Hour” Jon Faine and Bruce Esplin spoke with Rhonda and Kevin Butler BlazeAid Founders),  Angus Guild (Maffra-Heyfield Camp Coordinator) and local farmers Deborah Rogers and Keith Vardy.
Click here to listen to the Podcast of their conversation.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Neroli Rooke and Eliza Rogers broadcast the ABC’s Queensland Country Hour from BlazeAid Mundubbera.

BlazeAid Camp Coordinator, Gloria Collins, was interviewed, along with a local farmer who spoke about some of the challenges they’ve faced after the floods.
Click here to read the story and listen to the interviews.

Monday, 25 February 2013
Ian Campbell of ABC 702 Sydney spoke with Nimmitabel volunteer, Bev Horton.
Click here to read the story and listen to the interview.

Friday, 1 February 2013
Click here to view ABC TV’s 7.30 ACT program which featured BlazeAid Bookham.

February 2013
BlazeAid volunteer, Paul Crompton made a terrific DVD of his time at Maffra, Victoria in 2013.
Click here to see his DVD on youtube.


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