Firefighters have come from all over the state and country to help as well as people from overseas, NZ and the US, to help. Fires still burn and towns are still on alert, though not high alert, but we pray that we are coming to the end of this terrible time in all our lives. It has touched everyone in some way.
The death toll sits somewhere around 180 at present but it is not finished yet. People are slowly returning to the burnt out areas to see for themselves what happened to their homes. They already talk of rebuilding. Many will never go back. Who can blame them.
People have donated everything possible for those who needed it. Telethons and fundraising is in full swing, in fact last night one of the television stations had a telethon that added $75 million to the Red Cross funds. Ordinary people are doing things like a garage sale or putting a fold up table in their main street and asking for clothing donations. Wonderful, thoughtful ordinary people who like all of us want to help in some way. I am proud to be a part of such a caring and supportive country.
I am also very thankful to all who have stopped by and left a message. It may seem a small thing but it has meant a great deal to me.
I am very proud to be a part of this magnificent Nation. We are amazingly resilient and generous people. I couldn't live anywhere else.