This past week the bushfires have devastated the South Coast of NSW, Australia.
Here at Ocean and Earth we were lucky that all our employees were safe and none lost their homes. We were also very lucky that our factory escaped the fires as well.
However many people in our community, family and friends, were not so lucky.
People have lost loved ones, homes, businesses and now some people only have the clothes on their back.
Wildlife and forests have been completely destroyed and the fires still continue to burn.
In the busiest time of the year for these local communities, it's now a ghost town, with most essential services like electricity, fuel, food scarce and major roads closed.
The people of the South Coast relied on summer holidays for their income for the entire year and to get them through winter.
It really is heartbreaking for our community.
The South Coast people need your immediate help.
Our Aim is to raise over $100,000 from the surf community to disperse among the different local registered charities groups who are doing an amazing job on the ground getting these communities back on their feet.
We also want to donate to the Rural Fire Service which has been working for over a month to contain these fires.
Without the RFS many communities would have been totally destroyed including ours. The RFS are all volunteers who risk their lives to save others. They are the true heroes of these fires.
Besides donating money, one of the best ways you can help these communities is to book your next holiday on the South Coast. It's a beautiful part of the world, with some of the best beaches, restaurants, hotels and activities in the world.
Also please buy South Coast produce in your local supermarkets and restaurants. If they don't have it, then demand it!
LET'S JOIN TOGETHER AS A SURF COMMUNITY AND GET THE SOUTH COAST BACK ON IT'S FEET!!
Thanks, the entire team at O&E.
Who we are and where you’re from: Ocean and Earth is a world leading surf accessories company located in Sussex Inlet on the South Coast of NSW. Our beautiful community and coastline has been devastated from the bush fires. We were lucky to survive. Many friends and family were not. Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for: We have selected the charities below as we feel they are best suited to help our beautiful communities regrow.
How will the funds will be spent ? The funds will be distributed among the following organizations and more: - Rural Fire Service - Wires - Wildlife Rescue - Red Cross - Treading Lightly (Local charity in Ulladulla/Milton)
Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the Charity: The funds will be deposited directly into the accounts of each charity mentioned above.
Go to oceanearthstore.com to find out more information about Ocean and Earth.