Generosity shines for devastated residents

Donations flood in for Sherwood bushfire victims


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RAPID RESPONSE: Local farmer Robyn Verrall is helping coordinate donations for her fire-affected neighbours, including two families who have lost everything.

RAPID RESPONSE: Local farmer Robyn Verrall is helping coordinate donations for her fire-affected neighbours, including two families who have lost everything.

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Those in the Sherwood fire ravaged area have welcomed the flood of support from truckloads of hay and offers of agistment to local businesses offering free coffee and massages.

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Those in the Sherwood fire-ravaged area have welcomed the flood of support from truckloads of hay and offers of agistment to local businesses offering free coffee and massages.

Local farmer Robyn Verrall, who was just outside the fire zone, has been helping coordinate donations and says it has been an overwhelming response.

A Facebook page – Sherwood Bushfire Relief – had more than 400 likes within its first two days.

She says it is human nature for Australians to want to do something in times of emergency.

A major focus is to help two of the families who have lost everything to get back on their feet, with cash, vouchers, furniture and goods.

“They will each have an opportunity to go and spend some time in Adelaide to spend their vouchers,” she said. “You can’t replace what you have lost but you can have a good enough opportunity for people to start again.”

Ms Verrall says a community day is also being planned, which will be important to help everyone move forward.

“We have been talking about a day for everyone to share their stories rather than individual piecemeals because everyone has had a slightly different experience from the fire,” she said.

“This is fire number three since I have been here – it never gets any easier.


Livestock SA president Joe Keynes says helping their members impacted by the Sherwood fire is a priority.

“This is an industry that understands very well just how important it is to support their fellow producers to get back on their feet,” he said.

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