In January this year, WA saw a massive firestorm develop in the Shire of Harvey which went on to consume 69,000 hectares with a perimeter of 392km. It burnt for 17 days, destroying 181 properties and all but levelling the small community of Yarloop.
Apex Busselton promptly rallied together with each member contributing in their own way. Efforts included raising funds with the sale of baked goods, donating our donut machine to fundraising rallies, collecting food and clothing from the community to deliver them to affected families and finally, via volunteering our time to help local farmers remove their burnt fences.
One of the local farmers we directly assisted was caring for his wife through end stage cancer, hence he had temporarily relocated to Perth just before the fires hit. His farmhouse was thankfully spared through the quick actions of his brother/caretaker although his story compelled us to focus our energies on assisting at his property. It was a very emotional time, however the outpouring of community support was immense and Apex Busselton was very proud to work with both the Bunbury Apex Club the Emergency Support services to assist in this difficult time.