Donations to the Hills Storm Recover Fund can be made via the Rotary District Fundraising Appeal button above. 

All funds will be distributed to help the Hills Community

HILLS STORM RECOVERY
 
Volunteering
 
We supported the Help The Hills group by providing our administration support, registration desk help and some of our members have been involved in going to the weekend clean-ups to help out. Members also cooked special treats to sustain the volunteers at the registration desk! Help The Hills is run by Paul Yandle, Emerald CFA Captain. We were asked to help staff at the Kalorama Relief Centre too, co-ordinated by St. Michael’s Church and community members. Some Rotary members assisted for a few days before the recent lock-downs were called. This was to relieve the local community members at the Relief Centre, who had been working there since early June and needed a break. 
 
Storm Impact Relief Fund – Rotary Club of Emerald and District distribution of funds
 
The Club had funds available to spend, which was a culmination of a fundraising BBQ, the July T2T Market, donations from District Rotary and Box Hill/Burwood Rotary. Funds can still be donated to District fundraising efforts/RAWCS fund until the end of August via the link:
 
 
Our Rotary Club will be involved in the decision-making to co-ordinate spending of the District funds to help after the serious consequences of the storms back in June 2021.
 
Donations made to date:
 
  • 84 bags each of 12 kg of dry wood was donated to the Kalorama Relief Centre for distribution to families in need.
  • Money was donated to Mt. Dandenong Pre-School to support the students and staff with toys/books/equipment since they were displaced from their site due to the June storm damage. 
  • Money was donated to the Emerald-Monbulk Wildlife Shelter to support the care of injured, orphaned and displaced native animals after the June storms.
  • Other monetary donations have been made and vouchers supplied to support individual families impacted by the June storms in the Kalorama and surrounding area.
 
The work of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District is ongoing in this area, as we liaise with our community network to support those in need.
 
Help The Hills Task Force
The Rotary Club of Emerald and District is proud to have the Help The Hills - Dandenong Ranges Task Force by assisting with administration needs.
 
Relevant information is listed below and taken from the task force website:
 
The June 2021 storms effected large parts of the Dandenong Ranges which now require a massive clean-up effort. The ‘Help the Hills’ organising team are predominantly made up of CFA volunteers. Whilst this is NOT an official CFA event, we have been on the ground during the initial response phase and understand the enormity of the task at hand. We also recognize the large amount of foliage and green waste on the ground that will create fire hazards in the future if not cleaned up before the next fire season, and we want to help.
 
Emergency crews, SES, CFA, FFM, Council, Contractors and Utility Companies have done an amazing job clearing roads, gaining access and removing dangerous trees etc, but private residents now need help on their properties, where safe to do so.
 
Multiple trees down on a property creates a huge amount of green waste and with the help of our community volunteer crews we aim to assist in a practical, hands on way to start the process of returning our hills residents to some sort of normality. For many, where to even start can be quite overwhelming and this task is just too big for many of our residents to tackle on their own, particularly the elderly or residents without the capacity to do this work.
 
Both Yarra Ranges and Cardinia Shire are planning green waste removal assistance as a result of the storms but many residents may not have the capacity or just need help to cut up tree branches and foliage and move it to a suitable part of the property with better access for later pick up or mulching trucks. We are here to help with this massive clean-up task with feet on the ground.
 
We are organising crews of community volunteers to assist residents in areas that have been deemed safe on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June. If the demand is great enough we will also look to extend the program out over following weekends.
 
IMPORTANTLY ……. if you know of an affected resident in the Dandenong Ranges who needs help and may not have internet access please reach out to them through your networks a