Spent the day in a 2-day stuttering workshop. News of the morning was of course around the bushfires with over 130 now confirmed dead, and people’s connections to them. Two of the girls used to work down around there, visiting the schools occasionally that are being used for evacuation centres. Trying to contact the people they still know down there. Another girl was up from Bendigo hospital for the workshop. Half wanting to be back down there, but knowing there was not much she could be doing down there there wasn’t being done already.
Others have family down there. One’s father in law was being a house… only the frame was up… and the fire stopped across the road.
Others were remembering the Canberra fires, which seem small compared to these, but for those who lost their homes or the houses right next door, the memories were still of fear.
So when 9am came, we all put our heads down and focused on the topic of the day. And so long as no-one gets back news, we’ll do the same tomorrow. Still watching the news (watching the north-east Victorian towns that I’ve spent time in as a student – Myrtleford, Beechworth and Yackandandah – half-smiling at quotes such as “if you’re elderly, with limited resources and lots of gum trees, bugger off now” knowing that’s the real world) and thinking of what we can do – giving money to charities and a shoulder for people to lean on when needed.
Red Cross Victorian Bush Fire Appeal – 1800 811 700.
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