Money is the best way to help vic­tims

Western Suburbs Weekly - - NEWS -

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 Western Aus­tralia.

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

Yar­loop was dev­as­tated last week. 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.

Pic­ture: Twit­ter/Mur­ray Cow­per

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