Clothing provided at Mollymook Surf club for those impacted by the Bush Fires
Milton Doctor Katie Macartney having had first-hand experience dealing with victims of the recent catastrophic South Coast Bush Fires was determined to do all that she could to help those in need in as ‘practical way as possible’. With help from her sister Vicki Geraghty and mum Julie Fitzgerald they came up with the idea of ‘clothing donations’ and then went about the task of organising contributions. They began getting word out to their friends in Sydney for help in gathering quality used clothing that could then be made available to those who had lost everything.
Katie said; “The number wishing to help grew exponentially, with friends sending word out to their friends. The end result was an enormous load of clothing delivered from Sydney and locally. The ‘giving’ attitude in some cases was beyond comprehension with some clothing items arriving from England that included new designer dresses, valued at around $1000 per item”.
Katie, mum Julie and Vicki were absolutely overwhelmed by the response.
Along with family and their many friends, they spent Friday evening at the Mollymook surf club sorting through all the donations and packaged items. Saturday morning was spent putting the clothing on racks and marking their various sizes. Katie said, “We just felt like we needed to do something extra, for when people are fleeing a fire the last thing, they think of taking with them is clothing”.
The Inspiring Outcome
Katie was overwhelmed; she said “a) We counted 40 fire affected families who benefited from clothing donations b) Two of the most beautiful dresses which were sent from London (value of each approx $1000) went to two local women. One received a wedding dress! Another a year 12 graduation dress with shoes! c) Later when the clothing was made available to the public, the ‘gold coin’ donations from the public exceeded $2000 which is being donated to ‘Treading Lightly MUD’
Katie also expressed her gratitude; “So many amazing people volunteered their time to set-up, pack-up and look after the market on the day. Without their help, the success of this special day would not have been possible”.
Images below provide a small insight into the amount of donated clothing.
Katie asked; “please make mention of these lovely volunteers (pic above), they gave their time to set-up, run the market on the day and then pack up at its conclusion”.
Ken Banks, Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla