Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Helping Hands

Its not often I post twice in one day, but I do have a good reason ! Like many others in Blogland I have been totally distraught over what is happening to many thousands of Australians and have been wondering what, if anything, I could do to help.

Many years ago I lived for a short time in Fiji - it was a very short time actually, only some 3 months, as that was when I and my family were also the victims of a fire, caused by an electrical fault, and watched our home being totally gutted and all our possessions go up in flames. The house was weatherboard, it was very, very dry and it just went up like a paper bag !

We were luck, all we lost were possessions, but for a short time one of my sons was missing, he was not with his friends where he should have been, and, as I had been working down in the garden, I couldn't be sure if he'd sneaked into the house or not! I cannot begin to tell you what that felt like, but I can tell you it took three men to stop me going in to look for him !

Whilst the memory of that time has never really left me, the TV footage showing the absolute devastation caused by the bush fires together with the loss of lives , has brought the whole episode to the very front of my mind. I can vividly remember what it felt like to realise that we were thousands of miles away from our families, that we'd been left with nothing - in fact I didn't even have a pair of shoes to put on my feet as I 'ran out' of them going back to the house and , believe it or not, someone stole them !

Having told you all this, you'll understand why I feel a great need to help with this crisis and maybe ask you to do the same! It is really very easy and all you have to do is go look at this Flick'r Group , if you haven't already done so, and give a little of your time to make some blocks and a few coins to pay the postage, I am sure it will help to make a difference to someone...............


Elizabethd said...

Agree totally. My son lives in Sydney and some of the stories he told me were heart rending.....see my blog today.
I'd like to publicise the group too, does it need permission?

Suzanne said...

Thank you for the website...I will be passing it onto other quilter friends. Thank you for sharing your own story too...very personal & touching!