Hi, my name is Joshua, I'm from #Cudgewa3705 Victoria. We just lost our house and pretty much everything we own in the fires on New Year’s Eve. My family is laying low with friends out of town now, but I, like many others, are doing the best we can to Rebuild Upper Murray, our community needs us.
Most of our friends and neighbours are still in Cudgewa fighting the fires. Many of them have lost all they own. They don't have much food, water is running out, they are digging mass graves for dead livestock and they won't have power for a fair while. They also have very limited communication. I can’t do anything right now about my situation, but I can help my Cudgewa community, in the Upper Murray region of the Victorian High Country.
This page started when we needed power quick, Bunnings were willing to help big time, 17 generators n fact, but there were some decisions to be made that couldn’t happen overnight. Alex Stravakos from Lucyvale, Cudgewa's favourite neighbor, just swooped in like a superhero and picked up the bill (no small feat) through his business Sustainabylt, so we had to pay him back somehow, and quickly! Power was important, we needed it immediately, but to be straight up, I really didn’t know how else we were going to find the money to pay Alex back for all the generators. In comes GoFundMe …
In less than 24 hours we had $50,000 – phenomenal, and then we reached $110k in 3 days, which is an amazing show of generosity. Since then it has been a whirlwind.
Alex and I pulled together a team, and when I say team, I mean a truly hardworking, dedicated team good people, of not just locals, but professionals around Australia, who know how to make IT HAPPEN.
Since New Year’s day we’ve raised thousands of dollars donated to bushfire relief, we’ve been able to give SO MUCH back to our local community. The support is beyond awesome. We’ve built a Facebook page following, continued to fundraise, started events, and distributed fuel, generators, food, water, stockfeed, accommodation, and even supplied underwear. Remember these families, me included, have lost everything.
BUT it doesn’t stop now, this bushfire recovery will not be over for a long time. Our community needs us to keep on keeping on, we have so much to rebuild and we need your help. Money will get us what we need quickly and it’ll get to the people on the ground directly helping those affected. Cudgewa is just a small town, but it’s full of heart. Our surrounding towns like Walwa, Bonegilla, Tintaldra, Corryong who have also been impacted are being supported by our campaign too. Please help us, please share for more bushfire relief.
If you don’t have money, what are your skills? If you can chuck a local town fundraiser, rally up a raffle, run a charity race … let’s chat. If you’re a musician and you want to play a show for us … let’s chat. There are a million ways you can support your local human. Get creative! Let’s do this!
Our committee guarantees ALL money will go to the #Cudgewa3705 community and surrounding area. I am setting up a special account with Bendigo bank today to hold the money that will help us get re-established.
#VIVALACUDGEWA! I love this little town and community so much.
Details for GoFundMe:
Cudgewa, Victoria 3705
Items we need to get quickly include:
WATER By the truck load
Follow us on Facebook – Rebuild Upper Murray or Instagram @rebuild_upper_murray for all updates, sponsor shout outs, events and stories. We are so truly grateful for all the support we have received so far. THANK YOU