Fairbridge support praised


Carry on booking: Forest Edge activities manager Brooke Vantwist and functions co-ordinator Stephanie Smith transfer client camp and activity bookings.
Carry on booking: Forest Edge activities manager Brooke Vantwist and functions co-ordinator Stephanie Smith transfer client camp and activity bookings.

But after working closely with Fairbridge Village, many of the school camp bookings and activities can still go ahead.

Forest Edge director Graeme Watson said his main concern after the fire had been finding employment for staff and a camp site for students for their 2016 programs.

He said Fairbridge had been a magnificent support, offering work to staff and helping clients relocate camps to Fairbridge.

“On top of that, Fairbridge also offered 15 per cent of the total booking fee from the camps to be donated to help with the Forest Edge rebuild,’’ he said.

“To have partners such as Fairbridge at times of devastation means so much, not just financially but the moral support inspires us to keep moving forward after losing everything.”

After a couple of meetings and phone calls, many of the Forest Edge clients are now accommodated at Fairbridge, including one trainee position in the outdoor recreation area.

Fairbridge chief executive Mark Anderson said Fairbridge knew the challenges of dealing with the devastation of a fire, having lost its fully renovated reception and visitors centre in 2004.