It’s a long way from Drummoyne in Sydney to Yowrie, just west of Cobargo in the Bega Valley Shire, but in early May the Rotary Club of Drummoyne contacted the Sapphire Coast Rotary Clubs seeking to make a financial contribution to local bushfire recovery efforts.  Their preference, to put the money to a specific project or identified need, was paired to a request for funding from the Social Justice Advocates (SJA) of the Sapphire Coast to purchase a caravan for use as a ‘Liferaft’.  The SJA ‘Liferaft’ initiative has been helping to get some locals who have lost their homes back onto their properties, the caravans being used as temporary housing until they can rebuild their homes.  SJA had identified a need and a suitable van to meet the need.
Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Drummoyne, the van was acquired by SJA and delivered to a property in Yowrie.  The van will allow the property owner to move back onto his fire ravaged property and get properly established ahead of winter. 
 The ‘Liferaft’ all set up on site
It is inspiring to be part of an organisation made up of clubs that connect to help people in need and club members happy to work with other community groups to get the job done. 
If you have a caravan in reasonable condition you would consider donating as a ‘Liferaft’, Mick Brosnan from the SJA would be happy to hear from you -