Bushfires currently burning in Queensland and New South Wales have led to 3 fatalities, burned through over 1 million hectares of bush land and destroyed more than 150 homes.
Bushfire-hit parts of Queensland are starting to turn to recovery after a fortnight of devastating bushfires that have creating an unprecedented crisis.
Farmers across Queensland and New South Wales are facing one of the worst droughts in living memory. Production is expected to drop by more than 30% compared to last year, and in some areas it's close to a 50% drop.
Volunteers have been busily sorting through the 13,855 individual items referred to in our 27 NOV 2017 news article. The first batch of disaster relief kits are ready for dispatch to disaster areas in Fiji and the South Pacific as needed. There are several different kits, one contains 25 teddy bears to give the little ones something to help comfort them, 4 versions of mixed clothing, 3 versions of personal hygiene kits, and 2 versions of blanket set kits. All the donated items including the bags are brand new products.
NACare received a very generous donation of $100,000 to be used for disaster assistance in Fiji. Approximately 13,855 individual items were purchased with the donated funds according to the donation parameters. These items include new clothing for children and adults, detergent, disinfectant and personal hygiene products.
Towns and villages in the Fiji Islands were decimated by cyclone Winston, the strongest recorded tropical storm in the Pacific region during the evening of Saturday 20 February 2016. The response to the call for donations to assist in the recovery was quick and generous allowing NACare to provide basic needs for families that who had lost almost everything.
nac.today reports on the new NACare Charity: "We kept getting requests from our members over the years, Carley Love, the events coordinator of the New Apostolic Church Australia says, asking whether the national Church could not found its own charity..."
Read the full article on nac.today: http://nac.today/en/a/316467
Saturday, 24 October was a very special day for all congregations of the New Apostolic Church on the Australian continent. It had been planned as a national day of fellowship where each congregation was invited to plan some fellowship activities for the members as well as fundraise for the newly formed charity NACare.