Lions help Moss family recover after Rockleigh bushfire

AN EMERGENCY grant from the Lions Club of Murray Bridge has helped the Moss family get back on their feet after the Rockleigh bushfire destroyed their house and family possessions.

The Lions club was able to donate money to the family within a week of the fire through the Australian Lions Foundation, an organisation Australian Lions clubs contribute to when emergencies occurs.

As the fires escalated, many farmers in the area lost stock and property, so Murray Bridge Lions members decided to donate a further $4000 to BlazeAid to be used towards fixing fences and properties.

The Lions Clubs of Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge City and Mannum Lions have also assisted BlazeAid by providing meals to volunteers at the Palmer base camp.

Suzanne Moss, mother of three, said the donations from the Lions Club of Murray Bridge had helped with their recovery.

"They gave us $4000 originally which was from the Australian Lions Foundation and then they gave us another $1000 from their own little pool at the Murray Bridge Lions," she said.

"Every time I go to the shops I'll spend hundreds of dollars because we need clothes and things for the kitchen, everything."

She said help from family, friends and the community was overwhelming.

"We've been humbled by people's generosity, it's amazing how deep people have dug," she said.

"We've been a bit emotional and surprised, people donating to complete strangers ... you don't expect it."

Things have been steadily improving for the family.

"It's good, everything's coming into place slowly," she said.

"Today (Thursday) we've signed up for the new house to be built."

Mrs Moss said it was incredible to see the community coming together to help.

"I'm just overwhelmed by the community spirit and the willingness to help complete strangers," she said.

"People have all pooled together to help us, and not just us - BlazeAid are out there helping farmers with fencing, free of charge.

"Murray Bridge is a good town, and this just reinforces that."

She thanked the Lions Club of Murray Bridge, Salvation Army, ac.care, Families SA and the people of Murray Bridge for their donations of money or goods and their support.

- Details: Any person or organisation who wishes to volunteer to help affected families can visit the BlazeAid website at www.blazeaid.com.au or contact the Lions Club of Murray Bridge.

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