Margaret River Bushfire Busy Bee
Over a weekend in April 2012, the Apex Club of Busselton lent a hand to help affected residents of the December 2011 bushfire. Rather than donate money to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, the club elected to provide manpower to the residents of Redgate, Preverly and Gnarabup. After months of logistical planning and two full days of hard work we were able to make a difference to several families who had lost so much. We took down a truck and cleared away several loads of burnt debris (that one resident assured us that we “saved him thousands of dollars of which a contractor would have charged him”). Other jobs included fixing a pump, re-mulching garden beds and the installation of several possum boxes to encourage native animals to return to this devastated landscape. It was a very humbling service project to be involved in and when you sit down at the end of a hard days work with a beer sharing stories with the affected residents, it really does make you be proud to be involved in Apex service work.