Boost for SW fire victims


Sophie Fisher, Courtney Labrooy, Jayden and Adam Deters, and Chelle Fisher sort out donations for school children affected by the South-West fires.  Picture: Jon Hewson         www.communitypix.com.au   d449097
Sophie Fisher, Courtney Labrooy, Jayden and Adam Deters, and Chelle Fisher sort out donations for school children affected by the South-West fires. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d449097

She had family there who lost their homes and have now had to relocate.

So while trying to find a way to help them, she came across a Facebook page that was running an appeal.

Willetton mother Chelle Fisher is running the Waroona Fires Back to School Kids Appeal, to which 2500 people have already signed up and donated more than 16,000 stationery items. Ms Stubley said it was a big task.

“I had direct family down there who have now relocated to Bunbury and Harvey,” she said.

“Before I met Chelle, I took my daughter down with some of the firies and served them meals and drinks.”

It was while covering her child’s school books three weeks ago that Ms Fisher had the idea of doing a schoolbook appeal for those students affected by the fires.

Ms Fisher decided to create a school booklist of 52 items that |people could donate to the affected students.

Yarloop Primary students have the added inconvenience of having to go to school in Harvey.

Last week, she said her home was like being in the middle of Officeworks because she had 16,000 items ready to truck down to the students in the South West of WA.

“The last thing these parents were probably thinking about was covering their child’s school books,” she said.

“We are helping some people who don’t have a home, and some who do but have had their business destroyed, so they are in a bad place financially.”

The two women spent time last week packing boxes and drove 550km to collect items.

Many people from around the state collected items and sent them to drop-off points, from where Ms Stubley and Ms Fisher picked up the donations.

Some of the items donated included backpacks, stationery items, enough food to last one week of school and a $25 K-Mart voucher for a pair of school shoes.