Madeline is fundraising for friends

Madeline Best with some of the items people had donated to help residents affected by the Sir Ivan fire. Photo: MARK RAYNER

Madeline Best with some of the items people had donated to help residents affected by the Sir Ivan fire. Photo: MARK RAYNER

When Dubbo woman Madeline Best heard about the trouble her former community was having with the Sir Ivan bushfire, she knew she had to help.

That’s why she wasted no time organising donations of clothing, food and toys from those around her. 

She set up a public Facebook page earlier this week called Leadville/Dunedoo/Casillis/Uarbry Fire Victim Donations. 

“A lot of people I know have been impacted and I just had that sense of wanting to help them however I could,” Ms Best said.

“I decided to start this and I started asking for small donations from people including non-perishable food, water, the essentials.

“I had a lot of people offering clothes and some offering furniture but what they really need out there is basic, immediate items. There isn’t much point giving them a bed because many don’t have anywhere to put it yet.”

Ms Best got an overwhelming response including a portable cot, a pram, toiletries and other essential items.

One truckload of donations had already been taken out to Dunedoo for distribution and she was still accepting more.

Ms Best said she had multiple offers for vehicles to transport the items and Kevin Haase from the Abel Tasman Motor Inn Motel made his utility available for the first run.