Zoey Salucci-McDermott came to national attention a few days ago when she refused to shake the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's hand at the Cobargo Showgrounds, unless, she said 'you give more money to the RFS.'
Zoey didn't get to speak with the Prime Minister that day, instead Mr. Morrison walked away from her after a local politician intervened and told her to 'Shoosh'.
Zoey and her partner Michael lost their home on New Year's Eve, when a bushfire tore through the NSW South Coast of Cobargo. The couple have a 22 month old daughter and Zoey is six months pregnant with their second child.
The couple lost everything in the fire, and Zoey's experience of evacuating with her child was harrowing. The young family are now staying with Zoey's mum at her home in Cobargo, which only narrowly escaped being destroyed in the fire. We met Tracey and it was obvious how proud she was of her daughter. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
I met Zoey yesterday at the Cobargo Showgrounds and with my colleague, we interviewed her and then went with Zoey and Michael to their burnt out property.
There is so much to say about this young woman I don't know where to start. Thoughtful, compassionate, strong, eloquent are only a few words that I can think of right now, yet there are so many more. Zoey is a special person, and that is evident by her actions in the way she confronted the Prime Minister in an unapologetic way on Thursday at the Cobargo Showgrounds to ask for more money for the RFS.
Contrary to what the Prime Minister told reporters a day later, Zoey said there had been no discussion between herself and the PM.
I've only started one crowdfunding campaign in my life, and that was only started a day ago in order to try and raise money for farmer Steve Shipton in the neighbouring community of Coolagolite.
Zoey and Michael are a young couple and they have lost everything they own, including a 4wd that Michael had just finished. A young dairy farmer who works in Tilba, Michael is also a wonderfully compassionate man and I believe the young couple deserve a fundraising effort to help them get back on their feet.
Thank you for reading this. If you can share this campaign and in any way contribute, that would be wonderful.
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