we are Ria and Gemma we are in the UK and heard that our lovely friend Mike and his dog Griz have lost their home and all of thier belongings in the forest fires in Portugal.
Gemma and I met Mike many (many) years ago when we all worked the UK festivals together.
Mike and Griz moved out there a year ago to live a more sustainable life...Mike’s been excitedly busy all year clearing his land, planting trees and starting to renovate the old ruin. It hasn’t been all rosy though... he’s given blood, sweat and tears to that land...no running water, little electric from solar and lots of back breaking work. The fires have wiped out everything he had there.
Thankfully Mike and Griz escaped unhurt but have now been left with nothing.
We are hoping to get them both back on their feet so they can start to rebuild their life.
Immediate funds will go on
food for mike & Griz over coming weeks..
some clothes ready for winter/work.. ie work boots.. water proof jacket etc.. Pillows & bedding.. Bathroom stuff
Getting copies & replacing paperwork.. Passport.. Dog passport..contracts etc
Replacing tools so can clear land & make safe..
pay for some machines to turn over land etc ready to plant fire resistant indigenous trees & create safe boarders around Valley..
fuel for transport.. Obviously making any amounts of trips all over the place looking at places can stay/seeing councils/getting paperwork/visiting donation places etc Mike is on the boarder of county so have 30k drive to see relevant people.
small fee for translation & help to fill in remevant forms in Portuguese.
postage for supplies to come over
thank you so much for all the donations and shares of the campaign please keep it going!
Photo below of them before the fires broke out.
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