So many people are banding together to help bushfire victims and a group in Brunswick Heads has come up with a unique plan to help people who have lost their homes.
Bushfire R&R in Bruns was launched on 14 November at the inaugural annual gathering of local community groups. Members of 17 groups met at the Hotel Brunswick to connect and unanimously agreed that Bushfire R&R in was a perfect fit for Brunswick Heads.
The aim of the project is to provide much-needed R&R to those who have been severely impacted by the November bushfires and are in much need of a space to rest, recuperate, recover and relax.
The Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre, Local Businesses & Community Groups will partner with an agency that deals with disaster relief with connections in the severely affected towns that are within driving distance of Brunswick Heads to deliver several one week R&R packages for people who have lost their homes, volunteers and firefighters during the month of February 2020.
‘Our aim is to welcome our visitors with open arms and shower them with love and support while they are here for the week,’ said spokesperson Kim Rosen. ‘Our visitors will be nurtured by residents and businesses alike.
‘We will use our networks to call for and collect donations of one-week stays (Sat to Sat) in our town’s managed holiday accommodation properties, caravan parks and motels. On arrival at their accommodation provider the recipients will be given a welcome pack including such things as vouchers for food, coffee and meals, shopping, books, pampering and activities such as river cruise, movies, fitness classes and more.’
The accommodation and welcome pack content will match the size and demographic of the visiting recipients.
‘Along with the welcome packs other activities organised by our community groups and local businesses, may include collection points for clothes, toiletries, homewares, toys donated by the local community, BBQs, dinners, functions and vouchers to cover meals while they are here.
Ms Rosen says that the group are hoping that once this model is set up other coastal towns may interested in replicating the concept to support those within driving distance of them that need R&R.