The Lions Club of Whitford gathered about 150 items from its ongoing fundraising activities and donations from club supporters, including a large tub of food from Weigh ‘n Pay in Woodvale, to deliver to the Pinjarra evacuation centre and St Vincent de Paul Society receiving depot in Pinjarra on Friday afternoon.
Members Jack and Kath LeCras, of Kingsley, made the delivery and said people were surprised that they had driven from the northern suburbs to help.
“They looked at us and said, ‘Why?’ and our answer was, ‘We’re Lions and we’re here to help’; they were amazed,” Mr LeCras said.
“I just like to be able to help other people and as a Lion we’re there to assist the community in its time of need.”
Mr LeCras said the situation was “chaotic” and “frenzied” when he and his wife arrived, with people everywhere, including a large queue delivering donations.
“It was amazing to see the number of volunteers milling around ready to assist,” he said.
As a Lions member for 39 years and having been involved in providing assistance for previous bushfires in Moora and Toodyay, he said the response was not unexpected.
“It doesn’t surprise me when I see so many people ready to provide support,” he said.
“I know how the public responds so quickly and easily.”
The club also provided a $1000 donation to assist victims.