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Memorial gardens for bushfire-affected communities

Kempsey Shire, NSW

Looking for a Christmas fundraiser for your school, workplace, team or group? This rural community was devastated by bushfires in late 2019, and you can help them heal.

Kempsey Shire, on New South Wales' mid-north coast, was devastated by 2019's bushfires. One life was tragically lost, 67 homes and 170 outbuildings were destroyed, and a further 23 homes were damaged.

Now, one year on, the local Council is working with the community to acknowledge the impacts of the fire events, celebrate the heart-warming community that has been displayed since, and to champion the significant rebuilding efforts which continue.

More than 65 bushfire-impcated local kids from Bellbrook, Willawarrin and the Thungutti Aboriginal community have been participating in a Creative Kids Program called 'Through their Eyes.' Facilitated by an art therapist and supported by social workers, counsellors, mental health practitioners and early childhood educators, the children painted 'culture poles.'

The Council is now seeking to erect these poles in Bellbrook Park, and in the grounds of Willawaarin Hall. The local communities wish to establish sensory gardens at these two sites where local children and adults can come to reflect on and remember.

Your donation will go towards purchasing plants, soil, mulch and edgings from local suppliers in the Macleay Valley so these spaces can be created.

Donate to support regional bushfire recovery

Your generous donation will go towards the purchase of native plants, as well as mulch, soil and edging for the new sensory memorial gardens at Bellbrook Park and Willawarrin Hall in Kempsey Shire, NSW. To donate, simply click the link below and write 'Memorial gardens for bushfire-affected communities' in the comments section.

The Macleay Valley's recovery from the bushfires features on this episode of the ABC's Big Weather program.

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