Call for Volunteers as Karratha rallys behind appeal for Southwest Bushfire Donations

A small team of community minded people have banded together to rally donations for those who have lost everything in Yarloop and Waroona from the Southwest bushfires.

"The blaze, which started on Wednesday, destroyed 131 homes and other structures in the historic mill town of Yarloop, and DFES said that number would no doubt continue to rise. The fire has so far burnt through 70,000 hectares of land and its perimeter stretches for more than 222 kilometres." Source: ABC News.

Karratha City Councillor Marg Bertling, Vicinity Karratha City Shopping Centre Manager Melanie Garbin and Everything Karratha volunteer Hailee Harvey have organised a local drive, taking donations for sorting in one of the empty retail spaces at Karratha City Shopping Centre from noon today and will continue to do so through the next week or so.

Everything Karratha is in contact with the main donation point for those affected in the South West, to ensure what is being donated suits their needs, as other donations have been coming through thick and thin from other sources all over the state.

"Karratha friend's, here's the start of our community appeal.  This is a very humbling experience to say the least." Mel Garbin, Shopping Centre Manager. "We are calling out for volunteers who can assist from Monday the 11th of January to sort donations. Please drop into the collection point opposite Nickol Bay Jewellers".

Donations of clothing, all ages and sizes, shoes, kitchenware, linen, toiletries and infant wear are welcome. If the site has been closed for whatever reason, please donate in the collection cages in front of the designated retail space, clearly labelled for easy co-ordination.

Thank you to Mint Removals, Tradelink, Marg Bertling, Melanie Garbin, Federation Shopping Centre, Hailee Harvey and the many individual donators thus far. 

some of the donations made today

some of the donations made today