Posted by Jane Moore on Aug 29, 2020
Wondering how you can help 2019-2020 Bushfire affected people during Covid restrictions?
Try the Bushfire recovery support initiative: “You Matter, I Care”
The recovery phase of the 2019-2020 bushfires is far from over, not only for those directly affected by the fires, but for any bushfire affected person – those personally impacted, volunteers and workers – everyone matters!
A small but meaningful project has been developed by Rhonda Abotomey who lost three family members in the Black Saturday fires in the Latrobe Valley.  In the wake of the 2019-2020 fires, Rhonda created and launched packs of 12 postcards to be posted to a chosen recipient once a month for 12 months.
The post card fronts carry an image and a positive message.  The card back is blank for your own message if you wish. Each kit contains instructions for the sender and a message card to the recipient to accompany your first postcard.
The Rotary Club of Berwick members and friends can help by simply sending 12 “You Matter” cards – one card a month.  Cost? 12 postage stamps!  The kits are supplied for free. 
How? Once you decide you would like to be involved, contact Jane:  She has three kits ready to go with access to as many packs as we need.  Recipient contact details are with the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. A name and contact details will be forwarded to you with your support kit. 
This initiative was brought to Rotary by District Emergency Management Chair Janne Speirs during Adrian’s Governor year and was advertised through the District Newsletter.  All credit to Janne and her team.