BlazeAid books in Forbes visit to help rebuild after flooding

FLOOD DAMAGE: Water is still lying across the Darcy family's Bedgerabong property. Picture: Darcy family

FLOOD DAMAGE: Water is still lying across the Darcy family's Bedgerabong property. Picture: Darcy family

It's not just the flood that causes heartache for farmers, it's the aftermath.

So it's welcome news at this tough time that BlazeAid has announced that they're coming to Forbes in the new year to lend a hand.

The volunteer-based organisation works with farmers and families in rural Australia after natural disasters such as flood and fire.

They'll be setting up camp at Forbes Showground early in the new year, says Forbes Show secretary Felicity Nolan.

Farmers in need of help rebuilding fences or other infrastructure that has been damaged after the floods are urged to contact the Forbes Showground on 0268521311 or email forbesshow@gmail.com to register for assistance.

You can also nominate someone who needs assistance, the Show Society will have to get in touch with them to confirm.

There is also plenty of scope for locals in a position to help out to support the cause.

Locals are needed out on the ground to help restore damaged fences, as well as help in their kitchen and at camp which will be set up at the Forbes Showground. No experience is needed.

"It could be a day, a morning, or a weekend - any time you can help them with makes a huge difference to the camp, the volunteers living here and the farmers they help every day," Mrs Nolan said.

The BlazeAid website says they also place importance on raising the spirits of families they come alongside.

"Working alongside the rural families, our volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed," the website says.

"Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires.

"BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities."