Thousands Of Aussie Tradies Sign Up To Help Rebuild Bushfire-Affected Towns
Vast sums of money have been donated from people all over the world to charities and organisations helping the bushfire crisis.
The cash will go a long way to helping people and animals affected by this awful tragedy to get back on their feet.
But a new campaign has been launched, which is making big waves on social media.
Piers Smart started the Tradies for Fire Affected Communities group on Facebook at the start of the year and more than 9,000 people have signed up.
Tradies from virtually every background - whether they be chippies, sparkies, plumbers, concreters, welders, arborists, brickies, stonemasons, cabinet makers, tilers or landscapers (this is not an exhaustive list) - have pledged their services.
Some are offering work for free and others are promising to do what they can during their time off to help bushfire-affected towns.
Thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed as a result of these devastating blazes that have ripped through parts of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. It has displaced tens of thousands of people and they will all need help in rebuilding their lives.
Piers Smart told the Australian Associated Press that he was nervous about launching the page because he was worried no one would sign up.
"But then a very popular Instagram page shared my initiative and it blew up," he said.
"Seeing more than 4000 tradies join was outstanding and really special."
Piers explained those behind the page are trying to coordinate everyone after getting a huge response on social media. There's a form you can fill in, which will give the administrators a chance to properly allocate all the resources.
You can select what trade you're proficient in, how far you're willing to travel, when you can volunteer and how many people you can bring.
But Piers insisted that they won't be starting work until the affected areas are safe, adding: "We don't want to be cowboys and get into people's ways or put our tradies in danger."
"There's going to be work to do for months, if not years. We want to be out there for the long term, not only while it's on the news and everyone is thinking about it."
It's not just tradies who are pledging their services on the Facebook site; there are hairdressers, cleaners and others who want to help everyone in the community.
Piers has also revealed some of the big reasons why it has been slow to get everyone together and they're not easy fixes.
He told his followers on Facebook: "I get you all want to get out and amongst it more than a Mooloolaba divorcé, however there are so many moving parts to this.
"Insurance is a big one. After these events they generally send crews in to clear sites. We've also just seen the New South Wales government announce they will fund the site cleans, whether you're insured or not. We're still yet to see if that will carry through to Victoria and other states.
"ASBESTOS IS LITERALLY EVERYWHERE. I don't feel I need to even explain this one or the state the asbestos will be in.
"Council permits and registered builders - the last thing we want to see is someone knocking something up trying to do the right thing and then having to rip it down due to lack of due diligence."
So sit tight, everyone, and if you can potentially help then please sign up here.
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