Help Support Chilean Firefighters!

$6,310 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 92 people in 22 months
My name is Camila Maturana Palacios and I am a 27 year old Chilean-Canadian living in Calgary, Alberta. With help from several other Chileans living abroad (friends and family in Canada, Mexico, England, and USA), I created this gofundme page to support the tireless efforts of our family and friends in Chile, who desperately need our help as our country experiences the worst wildfires in its history. We are hoping to collect $5000 to purchase 100 hydration packs (valued at $50.25 each) for distribution among firemen. Hydration packs are being purchased locally by volunteers and will be delivered at fire stations. Any additional proceeds will be donated to a larger Chilean organization named Desafío Levantemos Chile which is collecting donations for emergency response throughout the country.  Donations of any amount help more than you can imagine! If you are unable to donate, please help us by sharing this page and/or sending good thoughts, positive energy, prayers, or whatever you prefer down south. For more information please continue reading. 

Chile is currently experiencing a massive tragedy. Wildfires have decimated over 289,000 hectares of land, burned over 1000 homes to the ground, and claimed the lives of at least 10 people. More than 77 fires remain out of control, which need to be contained and extinguished ASAP, and Chile needs our help with this.

Chilean firefighters, who function as a 100% volunteer force, are taking 20 hour shifts in the flames and summer heat, which has exceeded 40 degrees celsius in some places, as they attempt to contain the situation. They urgently need help in the form of hydration packs, drinking water, first aid kits, and food. After an admirable effort by local communities to mobilize help and collect supplies, assistance in the form of some of these products at preferential prices has been obtained, but funds are still needed to purchase them. 

Our small group has been in touch constantly with individuals acting locally over the past two days to determine the best way for us to help from our current countries of residence, and we have determined that raising money to assist the firefighters with supplies is the most effective way to help.

If you would like to donate to our hydration pack effort, I would really appreciate it! We promise to make every dollar count and to keep you updated on how our campaign and the situation in Chile are progressing.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and share this, and many thanks to those who are able to donate!
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Dear friends,

Thanks to each one of you, we have raised $6,310 to help firefighters in Chile. This is $1,310 over our goal! I can't express how thankful I am for your time, kind words, and donations.

I will now be transferring the final amount to Joaquin Palacios Fellay (in Concepcion, Chile), who has been in charge of purchasing, organizing and delivering the help. The campaign will be closed for donations, but I will keep this page up for further updates.

Once again, thank you all so much for your help! If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. I plan to be in touch with more pictures and details of what was purchased and how it helped.

THANK YOU!

Camila
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Dear friends, friends of friends, and kind strangers,

I don't have the words to express my gratitude for your generosity. Thanks to your donations, we are $465 away from our $5000 goal. This is amazing! I have included a few pictures in this update, so you can see the difference your donations have made, and the relief and assistance that YOU have made possible during a very difficult and tragic time.

A very generous donation by Sparta (a sporting goods company in Chile) allowed us to obtain 62 hydration packs free of charge. This was a huge help in achieving our goal, and thanks to this, our campaign (together with the campaign in Chile) has been able to help the firefighters meet various other needs, including the purchase of masks, proper personal protective equipment, first aid supplies, and a mobile water pump.

Here are some pictures of my cousin, Joaquin Palacios Fellay (who has been the primary leader and organizer of the campaign in Chile) and his team, delivering the supplies.

None of this would have been possible without your help, and for this, I am eternally grateful! Please continue to share this so we can keep the donations coming, as we will continue supporting relief efforts in Chile as long as we can.

For transparency and your peace of mind, receipts and proof of transactions are being saved and compiled, with the intention to post them here as soon as we are done with the urgent business of purchasing and delivering supplies. I greatly appreciate your patience with this, and please stay tuned for further updates.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Hello Everyone,

Thanks to your immense generosity (both in time and donations), we have fundraised $2000 in just over 12 hours! We are blown away by the amount of help, support, and words of kindness we have received. We hope to achieve our $5000 goal over the next 5 days, so please continue sharing our page.

Thank you all so much!
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$6,310 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 92 people in 22 months
Created January 26, 2017
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JT
$25
Jack Tarnowsky
22 months ago

Thanks Cami!

RV
$310
Raquel Vigueras
22 months ago

On behalf of the staff at iQmetrix

$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
$50
Anonymous
22 months ago
AJ
$150
Andrew Jenkins
22 months ago

Thank you for doing this.

AR
$100
Angelo Napoleoni Retes
22 months ago

Animo y fuerza para los heroes de Chile

$40
Anonymous
22 months ago
$50
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22 months ago
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