Money is the best way to help victims
THROUGH despair comes kindness, and for West Australians there are several opportunities to help people devastated by last week’s South-West fires.
Authorities stress that money is by far the more important donation right now.
The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) is the official channel for financial donations, and Storage King locations are operating as drop-off points for people who have items to give, such as toiletries, pet food, linen, clothing and food products.
Cooler weather this week should help the firefighters who are battling the blaze that killed two people and destroyed 143 properties.
The LMDRF is the recognised State emergency fund and provides relief for personal hardship and distress arising from natural disasters occurring in WA.
The fund has been activated to raise and co-ordinate donations to support the victims of the fires that razed much of the township of Yarloop, and damaged parts of Waroona.
“Just as people supported the community of Esperance recently, we need to pull together to assist residents of Yarloop and Waroona,” board chair Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said.
Ms Scaffidi said the process for distributing funds would be confirmed later and managed in conjunction with the affected shires.
People can also register to help or provide accommodation through Volunteering WA, although there is no immediate need for frontline assistance. Those who register as an emergency volunteer will be contacted if a need arises.
Yarloop was devastated last week.