Dear Scouts and Friends of Scouts
Scouts SA, like most of us, have watched the terrible events of the last few weeks unfold. Some of you, very sadly, have been involved first-hand. To you, we offer our sincere and heartfelt sympathy. The images of the destruction have left most of us with a feeling of empty sickness and helplessness. We can only imagine how it must feel to lose everything so quickly. More importantly perhaps, livestock, native animals, and indeed people have perished in the unforgiving ferocity of these fires.
But in the face of this onslaught, as so often happens, we can only marvel at the courage, and determination of all our fire fighters (voluntary and paid) and the many hundreds of other emergency service personnel and charity workers across the State.
They continuously place themselves in the most frightening positions and in ‘harm’s way’ to protect our community. It is still not over. The fact that the fires are still burning has brought many of them to a point of exhaustion.
At a State Branch level, just last week we opened our WOODHOUSE
doors to those families needing emergency accommodation in response to the large Adelaide Hills blaze that sadly took many homes. Shortly after making that offer, we announced that we could also develop a community THANK YOU for all the emergency service men and women across our State that were involved in these fires.
We are now planning a low-key open-day for all the emergency service personnel and their families, at WOODHOUSE once the emergency is over. We will reach out to each emergency service through our President to encourage these SA heroes to enjoy a relaxing family day where they can be entertained, eat, and spend time with their partners and kids free-of-charge. Hopefully, we can attract some very senior emergency service officers to speak on the day. It’s just a small way of saying THANK YOU when the time is right…
In addition to providing a place of refuge for displaced hills families, our WOODHOUSE storage tanks were used by CFS Piccadilly and Stirling at various stages.
We are mindful that we are only at the start of our season, and that there may be more challenges to come. We invite you to make any suggestions you may have to Branch which might further contribute to, or assist, our emergency service personnel this Summer.
In the meantime, we encourage all Scouts in their local communities to HELP whenever possible and when safe for you to do so. Foodbank for example (www.foodbank.org.au
) is an active emergency response charity and have a coordinated supply and transport approach to food delivery to the fire affected areas, including Kangaroo Island.
Scouts SA Branch