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My Heart Goes Out To Those Down South

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My heart goes out to those in Australia who are suffering or are fearful for their lives and homes. Twenty-five fires rage in southern Victoria, where many people have died thus far. Many more have lost homes and farms. It is suspected the fires were started by arsonists, and have been fanned by great winds and record temperatures.  

I fear climate change will bring more such tragedies.  Please, let’s learn to come together, help one another, do whatever we can.

If you are in the area, please read Belinda’s post “The Bushfires – What Can I do?,” Kate’s “Can you donate stock feed?,” Julie’s ”Handmade Help,” and Crone’s “What can I do?“ There is much you can do to help those around you. If you in other regions, contact your local Red Cross to find out what you can do to help.

Bec and Lisa are safe as of now.  I hope you are all safe.


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11 comments to My Heart Goes Out To Those Down South

  • Rob

    My heart goes out to them as well. I just cannot comprehend what goes on down there, hopefully someday I get to visit the bush country in Oz.

  • I have seen pictures and the winds were fierce. In one picture you could see the wildlife running ahead of the fire. I am off to the links you provided to see how I can help.

  • One thing that is very inspiring emerging from these terrible fires, is the amazing amount of support that the whole of the country ( here in Australia) is showing. Everyone feels compelled to offer help in whatever way they can, it really is the best side of the human spirit. In the face of such an appalling tragedy it does give you hope for the future.

  • Just want to add my best wishes to everyone dealing with this awful experience.

  • It amazes me how much people are pulling together to help others out in this instance. I don’t really know what’s going on but I hope it all works out for everyone.

  • Thank you for putting your caring into a post. The blog world has made the fires closer to home rather than the otherside of the world. People who live there also reside in my living room and kitchen on the screen and my heart has bent with concern at the news of the fire. Thank you for the links too Melinda.

  • monica

    My prayers are going out to them and their families. I think there are some that might post in the blog that are directly affected (not good with maps). Pray, Pray, & Pray.

  • Bec

    Thanks for your thoughts Melinda.

    It has been a trying time here – I am near the Beechworth Fire (not threatening us) which has destroyed the property of several friends and taken the lives of maybe 5 people (only 2 confirmed). I can’t imagine what the fire fighters (both trained and untrained) have been through or are continuing to go through.

    My husband and I were in the King Lake region the weekend it all started and realise in hindsight what a close call we had. So many people have faced such tragedy and horror and I cannot begin to imagine how they will move on from this.

    It is truly a national tragedy and one that has affected the whole world. It is so horrible. I am thankful that no one I know has lost their life but friends of friends have – regardless of how well we know people it still affects us all wherever we are at such senseless loss of life.

    Thanks for your blog entry – I hope people donate as they are able, even if it’s just a prayer.


  • My heart breaks for those down under. So many live lost, it is a global tragedy.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kim

  • Hi Melinda,

    It really is an awful time here at the moment, there is a terrible sadness everywhere you go and people talk quiet amongst themselves with shocked faces. I know that whilst we live far away, my family all live in areas backing onto bushland and we are all thinking “There but for the grace of God, go I”.

    Thank you for posting such heartfelt words.

    Julie xx

  • Bec, thank you so much for letting us know you’re ok. These are trying times indeed, and I can only imagine how frightening it must be. We had fires near us in Los Angeles on several occasions, but nothing nearly nearly so severe. I hope they end sooner than soon. And I’m glad you’re ok.

    Julie, thank you for sharing your thoughts, for being safe, for helping others. Your words send shivers, and I hear your sadness. Be safe.

    Jules, so very true.

    Katrina, well said. I couldn’t agree more.

    Rob, Barbara, Deb G, Stephanie, monica, inadvertantfarmer, thank you for leaving your kind words.

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