Mike Penhall is a Park Ranger on Kangaroo Island……his wife runs the Visitor Center. Mike & his family have lived on KI for the past 15 years.
Mike was part of the crew that fought back the fires of 12 years ago……this time they weren’t so lucky.
Mike has spent the last 2 months helping the Rural Fire Service fighting fires in NSW and surrounding areas. This week he was called back to Kangaroo Island.
It was ablaze. His wife Wendy, his visually & intellectually impaired daughter Emily & son Matthew were safe……but his community, his friends – their livelihood was under attack.
Mike and his fire-fighting crew defended as much as they could this week, until they couldn’t.
Twelve years ago they made a similar stand and beat it back – this time the fires took everything. Every building in the Flinders Chase National Park have been lost – Mike & Wendy’s home, his fellow Ranger’s homes…..everything they knew. Their whole community wiped out – and everything the Penhall’s owned.
They have nothing other than a couple of suitcases full of clothes, they have lost everything, the house, their furniture, their belongings and even their places of employment no longer stand.
Anything you can donate would be appreciated. We can only begin to understand the devastation this family has faced, the least we can try to “pitch in & help a mate” !