Hillville fire

My Nanowrimo has hit a snag.

It’s not writer’s block or lack of discipline.

This morning, my family were relieved to go home. They were lucky they had a home. Over the past 48 hours, a spectacular effort was put in by the Firies of Australia. These are the true heroes of the whole event. Men and women who volunteer their services to be Fire Fighters when the bush fire season are upon us are amazing.

These brave people are not paid a cent for risking their lives in times of fire.

If you’d like to know more about the bush fire my family almost lost their house to, google Hillville Fire. It’s been all over the news.

As I write this, my Dad, also a volunteer firiey is sleeping. He is 78 and worked from 7am to 7pm yesterday with a tiny crew of 3 people, putting out fires.

Most of the volunteer Fire Fighters are over 50 years old.

I suspect more of my posts may be influenced by my experience of the Hillville Fire. There are so many aspects of this event that strike a chord with me.

But today, I’m so proud to be a part of a nation where we have such an effective volunteer force.

Thank you to the volunteer operated Rural Fire Service of New South Wales. You and your interstate colleagues saved my family’s ancestral home.

Thank you indeed.

Community organisations

This week’s post is all about community organisations.

Rotary has been my community organisation, of choice, for the last five years.

In my very first post ( https://lizseverest.com/2018/03/29/ikaria ) I wrote about how important it is to longevity to have a sense of purpose, and that volunteering and being a part of the community can give a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Well, the way I fulfill this, is through my local Rotary Club.

During my time with the Club, I have helped numerous high schoolers to steady their nerves and be involved in public speaking, assisted in raising funds for various charities, and organised events and get togethers for the local business community. I do this because I value my community. It’s my little way of linking with others, and getting a buzz when I know I’ve done my own bit for making this a more wonderful planet to live on.

Another bonus is that I was able to travel to Japan with some members from my Club, a few years ago. A bunch of us were privelleged enough to hang out with the Rotary Club of Okayama Chuo, who welcomed us as ambassadors from their sister Club. The fellowship was awesome and we made friends with others of like minds from across the ocean.

Recently, a Guest Speaker from Uganda graced my home Club with a talk on her project in Africa. Tanja founded and continues to support her charity, “The Little Blue Shed.” In a few week’s time, my hope is to secure her as a Guest Blogger on Liz’s Everest. It’s my little way of furthering her cause and helping out where possible, in supporting a fellow believer in community and making this world a better place to be.

So, my call to action is simple.

Track down your local community organisations, and attend a meeting or two. Connect with a cause larger than yourself and start mixing with others of like minds. It might help you live longer!