Dear family, friends and others,
As you have seen over the past couple of weeks, Bali, Lombok and the surrounding islands such as the Gili Islands have been affected by multiple earthquakes. This has devastated local businesses, families and their homes. The search for survivors is ongoing, and unfortunately the death toll continues to rise.
We had already planned to visit Gili Air and Bali with a group of friends for a vacation during the last two weeks of August.. but we now feel it is only right that we use some of this time to help those who have been affected. The first part of our trip, we had planned to spend on Gili Air.. where we have a close relationship with some of the locals.
At present, the islands are without power and water, and supplies are low. Boats to the islands have been cancelled with locals and tourists evacuated. For the locals, this time of year is meant to be “peak season” which means the affects of this disaster will be felt long after the rubble has been cleared.
We feel so much love and gratefulness for our Indonesian neighbours, who provide thousands of Australians with a much loved holiday destination year on year.
This is a time for us to come together and make a difference. Currently we have a group of approx 30+ Australians arriving in Bali on August the 16th from Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. We are prepared to take supplies with us, and or buy them when we get there. We are unsure if the boats will be running when we arrive but we are going to make it our mission to take whatever we can over to Gili Air. Some of us have already started collecting clothes to take over.
We hope to raise vital funds to help the island and those who reside there rebuild what we can.
We will assess the situation when we get to Indonesia and keep everyone up to date on where donations will be shared. We will post photos and further updates as the trip goes on. Any help will make a huge difference to the families and businesses of Gili Air.
Whether we buy food supplies, blankets, medical supplies, or materials to help families rebuild their houses.. whatever we can do, we will.
Thank you so much!!!
Krystal and Kate
We will be in Indonesia between 16th - 29th of August therefore we will be on limited time. We will need all the help we can get to fund this relief and personally disperse what we can while we are in the country! Please help us by sharing our campaign with as many of your friends as possible. Much love to you all xoxoxox
- Danielle Bahr
- Emily Auty
- James Klitscher
- Kemal Yildiz