The February 2009 Victorian bushfires were a series of bushfires burning across the state of Victoria on and around Saturday 7th February 2009, resulting in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. The fires killed over 200 people and injured over 500 more.
The fires have destroyed at least, 2,029 homes, 3,500 structures in total and damaged thousands more.
Many towns north-east of the state capital Melbourne were badly damaged or almost completely destroyed, including Kinglake, Marysville, Narbethong, Strathewen and Flowerdale.
Many homes in the towns of Steels Creek, Humevale, Wandong, Callignee, and Koornalla were also burnt, with several fatalities recorded at each location.
The fires have left an estimated 7,500 people homeless.
The enormity of the fires was just too big to first comprehend.
It was amazing that we would then witness first-hand accounts of people’s incredible strength and heroism as they told of how they survived what was then named ‘Black Saturday’.
Fire fighters, relief aids, even people who had lost everything helped in the re-building process.
Australians not just in Australia but all over the world donated money, household goods, trade tools and their own time to help those families who had suffered.
Planit wanted to help by raising money.
We organised a mufty day with the theme ‘Boardies for the Border’.
The day was a little cool for wearing Boardies, but that didn’t stop some die hard competitors. Loudest pair of boardies was definitely won by Paul Cooper.
After lunch, we had an auction for a ‘paid day off’ to raise some more money for the appeal. After some quick bidding John Whinnen won as the highest bidder at $120.
Showing no sign of defeat, both Jamie and Shannon took up the offer to ‘buy’ a day off as well. The total donation to the appeal being - $3000.
Well done to everyone for their contributions.