In response to the continuing NSW bushfire crisis Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon says “I know the thoughts of the trade union movement are with those in the community who have suffered a loss of their home through the devastating bushfires.”

“As always, many union members are keen to donate to assist those who have suffered a loss including for our union colleagues.”

“I would like to thank all those union members in emergency services, health, education and other areas who continue to be involved in bushfire relief operations across NSW.”

“Unions NSW echoes the call by organisations working on the recovery effort for cash donations, rather than goods, as that allows affected families to choose what they need.”

1. Support the local Penrith Valley Community Unions and the Blue Mountains Unions Council Appeal:

Donations of gift cards from KMart, Coles, BigW, Woolies, Bunnings, OfficeWorks etc. These gift cards will be provided to the families who have been directly affected. The gift cards can be sent directly to Mary O’Donoghue at Unions NSW Level 3 Trades Hall 4-10 Goulburn St Sydney 2000.

Unions NSW will also be liaising with the local community and groups to see how we can assist with the rebuilding of community infrastructure.

2. Donate directly to the charities who are providing local support on the ground:

  • You can donate to the Red Cross Appeal here
  • You can donate to the Salvation Army Appeal here
  • You can donate to St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Bushfire Appeal here

Mark Lennon says “We know many of our union colleagues have suffered loss of property and our thoughts are with them.”

The CFMEU are coordinating a national appeal to help, Craig Smith, the Secretary of the CFMEU Forestry Division who lost his home and they will provide us with information on how unions can directly assist.

Sadly Winmalee residents Ron Fuller (United Voice and MEAA long term member) and Susan Templeman also lost their home of 23 years. Unions NSW has passed on our thoughts and offer of any assistance that may be needed at this difficult time.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-18/ron-fuller-loses-home-to-nsw-bushfire/5031440

Ron and Susan

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