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Like many Australians – and people the world over – the residents at Palm Lake Care Mt Warren Park were shocked and saddened to see the devastation caused by the recent bushfires. They knew they had to help. But how?

“We had a discussion about what we could do as a community, and decided to organise a raffle to raise money,” says Leona Counsell, Lifestyle Team Leader at Palm Lake Care Mt Warren Park. “Everyone wanted to be involved, and it just snowballed from there.”

Three residents in particular – Sandra Robbie, Patricia Morgan and Mary Elliot – sold tickets within the aged caring community and coordinated the organising and wrapping of the various raffle prizes. The raffle raised a total of $550.

“We didn’t want the money to go into a general pool, so we sought out a few representatives of our local fire services and gave them the cheque during a special presentation,” says Leona.

Wayne Teece of the Coomera Valley Rural Fire Service says the money was a welcome contribution.

“The generous donation from Palm Lake Care Mt Warren Park will help us buy much-needed equipment and additional firefighting gear that we lost during the fires,” says Wayne. “It can be hard to budget for quality gear that will last us longer than a season, so this has given us a great opportunity.”

Wayne explains that it can take a few years to save up for quality equipment – anything from chainsaws, to hoses, to helmets – and says it’s because of communities like Palm Lake Care Mt Warren Park that they can continue to help out in emergencies.

“We are constantly blown away by the amount of support we receive from the community, and how many people are willing to lend a hand,” says Wayne.

Leona says Palm Lake Care residents are also continuing to knit joey and possum pouches to donate to their local WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services Inc) organisation in the near future. The pouches help wildlife carers support injured, displaced and distressed wildlife following the recent spate of bushfires.

“A lot of people think that once you enter aged care, you can no longer contribute to the local community,” says Leona. “We’re proud to say that certainly isn’t true.”

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