More than a year after the devastating bushfires in Tasmania, you're still helping parents and children recover.
More than 200 homes were lost and many others damaged in the devastating bushfires that struck Tasmania last year. Immediately after the fires, Red Cross supporters helped more than 150 staff and volunteers provide vital assistance to 3000 people in evacuation centres.
One Red Cross volunteer, Frank Mamo, drove for more than three hours each day to provide recovery information and resources to those affected. "Many people were bewildered, going around in a daze, without direction, asking 'What do I do?'" Frank says.
"We listened in an empathetic way, we let them talk. They knew they could trust us and started opening up."
But your support didn't end there. A year later, and long after the TV cameras have left, Red Cross is still helping communities as they recover.
Your support is still helping bushfire survivors
In the months after the fires, your support helped Frank and other trained volunteers provide children with toys and recovery resources - like the Red Cross 'After the Emergency' colouring book - to help them cope with their feelings.
Thanks to supporters like you, Frank was also able to offer parents emotional and practical support including recovery tips, referrals to recovery services and information about our Tasmanian Bushfires 2013 Appeal.
Thanks for providing vital survival tools
The bushfires were the worst Tasmania has experienced in over 40 years, and the impact was felt across the state. Almost 50 kilometres west of Sorell, the small semi-rural community of Molesworth had a narrow escape.
With your assistance, Red Cross was able to help the Molesworth Primary School to organise a recovery and preparedness day. More than 230 people attended the event, where the students presented bushfire preparedness training.
Leading up to the event, Red Cross staff and volunteers helped the children to develop workshops on first aid, operating fire pumps, evacuating pets during an emergency and planting a fire-resistant garden.
Eleven-year-old Colby was one of the students involved. "[Before the bushfires], we didn't have a plan," he says. After the workshops, Colby now feels more secure. "You'll know what to do instead of being a sitting duck, panicking."
You're helping children heal after trauma
Molesworth Primary School Principal, Jill Armstrong, was also concerned about the psychological impact of the fires on the children. At her request, Red Cross provided the teachers with the recovery lesson plans developed in partnership with educators, and funded with generous donations like yours.
The children appreciated using drawing and games in the lesson plans to work through their feelings after the fires. "Doing exercises at school helped. Knowing that other people in our class have been through it; it helped," says student Kiara. Her classmate Jacob agrees. "It helps to talk to my class," he says. "I like getting it off my chest."