Wednesday, 18 Nov 2020

Supporting bushfire-affected communities

During last summer's bushfire emergency we assisted communities in need, helping children to build resilience and foster wellbeing during difficult times.  

Firetruck next to Life Education van

One of the worst bushfire-affected schools in NSW, Wytaliba Public School was a recipient of our 2020 Growing Good Gardens Grants.

The small Wytaliba school burned down during the Black Summer bushfires but was rebuilt ready for the school year.

To help the school community reclaim some green space, Life Education and Yates Australia supported the school with a $1000 grant to grow a sustainable food garden which includes an orchard, pond, compost system and worm farm.

Parent from the school, Anna Mackay said: “Our school and food garden was destroyed in the November bushfires. We are now rebuilding. Working in the garden is helping the kids to build self-confidence, self-reliance and social skills for the kids. The garden is part of the recovery process after a traumatic experience.”

Growth and renewal were also high on the agenda for our friends at Woolworths Fresh Food Kids, who donated seedlings to eleven of our school partners in drought and fire-affected regions, to help brighten their day.

Life Education NSW is committed to reaching all disaster-affected communities. All schools in the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA received a Life Education visit to help young people in the community build resilience and foster wellbeing after the bushfires, thanks to funding from The Fred P Archer Charitable Trust (managed by Perpetual). And around 700 students from the bushfire-affected Shoalhaven area benefited from a Life Education visit with the assistance of Lend Lease. 

Water bottles delivered to bushfire affected community

Our volunteers also lent a hand during the bushfires. In the school year, volunteer Rohan Gleeson from Moruya Rotary helps Healthy Harold and his van get around. Last summer, he used the van to deliver water bottles to thirsty crews on the ground from the Rural Fire Service and Australian Defence Force Reserves. 

Soldier and Life Education van

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