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Bushfire Relief & Recovery

Undoubtedly, you will have heard much of the disastrous bushfires that have gripped much of the nation over recent months. At AMSA, our thoughts have been very much with impacted communities and we hope that your shed returns for 2020 with members, friends and family safe.

We have been inundated with messages and calls from Shedders and the public, wanting to support those in need – and many offers of support for Men’s Sheds that may have suffered losses as a result of the bushfire crisis.

After extensive contact with our members during the break, remarkably to date we are only aware of one Men’s Shed that has directly suffered loss. This Men’s Shed was insured with AMSA and we are currently assisting them with their claims process.

There have also been narrow escapes. The Old Bar Men’s Shed shared this photo with us. The flames came close, but thankfully the brave efforts of the Rural Fire Service meant that the only damage was a melted downpipe.

As we have experienced many times before, in the aftermath of significant events Men’s Sheds of Australia want to do their bit in supporting fellow Shedders and their communities. Many of you have been in touch for information on providing this support.

There are hundreds of charities, not-for-profits and community organisations – including Men’s Sheds – doing their bit to counter the effect of Australia’s devastating and continuing bushfire emergencies. We recommend that Men’s Sheds and Shedders wishing to make a contribution, do so via registered and verified organisations. A great place to start is through the organisation GiveNow, who have a list of more than 40 bushfire-related causes.

GiveNow’s advice page also includes:

  • Links to help individuals create crowdfunding campaigns with CrowdRaiser
  • Advice about how to steer clear of fundraising scams
  • Tips to ensure you have the proper authority to fundraise
  • Useful recourses for planning your own fundraiser

Click here to visit the GiveNow website for more information – How you can help: Donate to 2020 Australian bushfire relief efforts.

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have also published a list of DGR-endorsed, registered charities with bushfire relief and recovery activities at www.pmc.gov.au/registered-bushfire-charities.

The impacts of the fires will not be the same across all communities. As Men’s Sheds are supported by local communities, another consideration we recommend is for Men’s Sheds to fundraise to donate to local support groups such as the local Volunteer Fire Service, local community support groups and local wildlife groups. You may also be able to lend your hand to these groups in the months to come.

Unfortunately this crisis is not yet over, and the various recovery efforts will take a great deal of time. AMSA will continue to monitor the impacts of this crisis on the Men’s Shed community and we will continue to provide you with relevant information about relief and recovery efforts.

Paul Sladdin
Chairman