Supporting fire-affected kids

Colac Rotary Club’s Merryl Hilton and Otway Rotaract Club’s Jordie Moloney and Charith Siriwardana are collecting backpacks, stationery and school supplies for bushfire-affected children in Gippsland. People can drop off items at Geoff De La Rue Architects and Calco Timbers to contribute to the campaign.

The Otway Rotaract Club is supporting the children of the fire-affected Gippsland region, hoping to give them a sense of normality after devastating bushfires.

The club is encouraging Colac and district people to donate items in support of the Backpacks for Bushfires campaign, helping children who have lost everything in the bushfires to get ready for school.

People can donate backpacks and fill them with items like pencil cases, stationery, lunchboxes, drink bottles and notebooks.

Otway Rotaract Club president Jennifer Chiu said the idea of donating backpacks to children resonated with the club and after members had donated money, they wanted to do more.

“Like most people we heard about the bushfires, and we’re so far removed from it geographically and we can’t really do a lot and there’s a feeling of helplessness and you just want to do something and when we came across this idea, we ran it past the club and everyone was keen to do something tangible,” she said.

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