Friday, February 20, 2009

Artist Offerings Needed for Australian Bushfire Relief

A State on Fire
a message from Felting Forum member, judelicious.

Each summer February looms before Victorians as 'bushfire season'. But of course life goes on as usual, it has to. This year however, life has not gone on as normal. A firestorm of more than 30 fires across Victoria has marked Feb 2009 as a black period of Australia's history, racing over hilltops and houses in seconds and devastating whole towns in minutes.

10 days on and i feel incredibly fortunate to be continually receiving good news of the survival of close friends and relatives in affected areas. But the smoke that still hangs over us like a fog ever-reminds me of those who are not able to say this today, of the parents who have lost sons and daughters, the children who have lost their dads, those who have lost partners and life-long friends, animals. livelihood, homes and businesses as fires ripped indiscriminately across our lands.

The issues that are unfolding from this disaster are so vast and complex. I realise it can be difficult to understand when one may be so far removed from it, and to remember these things when they start to disappear from the headlines (especially given thatso many areas around the world are inflicted by natural disasters daily).But it will take months, even years to rebuild these shattered lives and communities, and for Victoria to overcome this incredible attack on our increasingly threatened & ever-precious water supply.

Please do not forget.

Thanks, Jude - that was beautiful! We have many members of our forum who's lives have been somehow affected by this disaster. Kaza, our dear forum member, Kaza, has been working hard in conjunction with the Red Cross to organize an art auction during the height of tourist season in her community in Victoria.

Our collective compassion and creative energy of our talented members is a very powerful thing and I'm asking all forum members to donate at least one felted art item to help make a difference with the recovery; to help rebuild shattered lives.

Please Visit Karen's Blog for the details.

Or Mail your donations to:

Karen Erickson
C/O Artist's Offering Fundraiser
P.O.Box 308
Victoria, Australia 3922

Follow this link for tags to identify your donation(s) - adding a price is optional

Lets sound our voices on our social networks! Spread the word and lets show the world we care!


Karen said...

Kay your an angel. thankyou so much for doing this.
cheers karen

Barbara said...

Kay, as our wonderfully creative administrator, you have been nominated for the spreader of love blog award you can see it on my blog.

Thanks for all you do.