Our thoughts are with all those who have lost their lives in these devastating bushfires.
As Australia Day approaches and bushfires continue to rage across our nation, we reflect on what is mateship.
So what is Mateship?
Apart from the literal interpretation that it is an Australian term for friendship, mateship means much more to the common Aussie. Mateship is about being patriotic, finding common ground and being empathetic, all with a good sense of Aussie humour! Its an embodiment of who we are and our love for this great nation we call home.
So naturally we were heartbroken to hear about, see and even smell the bushfires that raged through the countryside since November last year. Fires raged. Embers ignited. Plumes of smoke engulfed even those of us who were far away from harm. Seeing people losing their homes, their businesses, all their possessions and barely managing to escape to safety with their lives was heart wrenching to say the least, leave alone those who have lost their lives, the perished livestock and wildlife and environmental devastation left behind.
The only thing raging greater than the bushfires certainly has to be the blame game that is being battled vigorously across social media! Perhaps more so by those who have never set foot in this country. Politics aside it is time we as Australians refocus our attention on what is most important – Mateship!
Together we will stand stronger and better than ever!
What is Duralift doing to help?
Duralift has lent it’s support by donating to the cause as a company and our team has helped on an individual level.
Duralift’s Hire Controller, Helen, has been very busy in her personal SES volunteering duties, helping in the bushfire evacuations. Check out the photos below of Helen’s SES Hastings Unit.
Members from Hastings, Frankston and Sorrento SES units, CFA volunteers along with defence force personnel, police, ambulance, Mornington Peninsula Shire and RSPCA worked closely to co-ordinate the Mallacoota evacuations. Over 1000 people and animals disembarked from the Navy ship and boarded buses to Melbourne and Somerville.
What you could do to help
We encourage everyone to contribute to official or reputable organisations.
Those who cannot offer financial support can donate their time at a multitude of local organisations or fundraising that need an extra help in hand. Alternatively, why not start your own fundraising!
In the spirit of mateship let’s stand strong together and rebuild!