Young digs deep to help support bushfire relief effort

Chris Hamill, Bryan Dorman, Robert Donges, Wendy Silk, Isabel Wills, 4, Keira Wills with Matilda Wills, Clancy Douglas, Glenn Douglas and Rachel Douglas. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Chris Hamill, Bryan Dorman, Robert Donges, Wendy Silk, Isabel Wills, 4, Keira Wills with Matilda Wills, Clancy Douglas, Glenn Douglas and Rachel Douglas. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Young residents are emptying their pockets in a bid to help provide relief for people left devastated by the state's bushfires.

At last count on Tuesday night, Donges Supa IGA had received more than $25,000 in cash and gift cards from generous members of the Young community.

Residents have also donated clothes, children's toys and household items which has filled to the brim a 20-foot shipping container.

Ten pallets of groceries, toiletries and water valued at about $8000, as well as $5000 in gift cards was shipped by Dorman's Transport to Tumut on Sunday, to help communities impacted by the Dunn's Road fire.

A further $8000 to $10,000 worth of groceries, water and toiletries and $1700 worth of gift cards is heading to fire-ravaged Cobargo on the South Coast on Thursday morning, thanks to Glenn, Rachel and Clancy Douglas of Douglas Transport

Glenn's and Rachel's holiday house at Mogo luckily escaped the recent firestorm.

They'll also carry the container of donated items helped organised by locals Lisa Cooke and Paul Buckland.

Rachel and Glenn Douglas of Douglas Transport are using their containers and truck to ship donations to Cobargo. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Rachel and Glenn Douglas of Douglas Transport are using their containers and truck to ship donations to Cobargo. Photo: Peter Guthrie

"Everyone can relate to the coast. A lot of people would be down there now if it wasn't for the bushfires. It's a beautiful area. We spend most of January there every year, we love it there," Rachel Douglas said.

IGA has worked with staff at various evacuation centres and relief centres to coordinate delivery of the supplies, and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has been on the ground and helped the run to Tumut.

Wendy Silk of Donges IGA has been overwhelmed by the support of the Young community.

"It's been a phenomenal response," Wendy said.

"We can't do it without the community. We're very fortunate to live in the community we live in. They've been extremely generous."

Wendy spoke about some of the more memorable donations.

"A little boy brought in his money box to donate, pensioners are giving quite a lot of money. One did $500, which is a lot of money to anyone. Just normal working class people from Young. It's a huge community effort."

With more donated groceries to sort through on Wednesday afternoon, Wendy said they're now calling for cash and gift cards only at IGA, as some centres have become flooded with supplies.

She's continuing to contact people across the state to find communities in need of the support.

A small ute load of goods worth about $2000 was also taken to Moruya on Friday morning, less than 24 hours after the appeal was launched.

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