Appeal to all - Bathurst Bishop establishes fund for victims of NSW bushfires


From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

The Bishop of Bathurst, Most Rev Michael McKenna, has established a fund to help victims of the worst bushfires to hit the Coonabarabran in the north west region of NSW in more than 40 years.

In launching the Diocese of Bathurst's Coonabarabran Bushfire Appeal, Bishop McKenna has also asked Australians to pray for and offer practical help to victims of fires.

Donations can be made by direct deposit to an account set up by the Diocese's Bushfire Appeal Fund or if a tax deductable receipt is required via donations to Centacare Bathurst.

The Centacare Bathurst agency has trained counsellors and workers on the ground in Coonabarabran visiting those who have been evacuated to the local Bowling Club and other facilities in the town. After holding talks with the local Warrumbungle Shire Council, Centacare has offered to assist with the distribution of shopping vouchers to victims as well as urgently needed essentials such as clothing and bedding.

In addition to helping establish and manage the Diocese's Bushfire Appeal Fund, Centacare plans to reinforce its team of trained counsellors this week to help victims with practical as well as emotional support as they come to terms with the loss of their homes and for farmers, the further loss of livestock, sheds, outbuildings and fencing.

Read full report at the Sydney Archdiocesan site

To donate to the Diocese of Bathurst's Bushfire Appeal to help victims of the Coonabarabran fires, click here.

Alternatively, you can send donations direct to Centacare Bathurst, PO Box 1215, Bathurst NSW 2795

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