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Corio fundraiser helps refugees
More than 100 people from a refugee camp in northwest Thailand will have a new home thanks to money raised at a fundraiser organised by Corio Fire Brigade.
Approximately 300 people joined Corio CFA members, Diversistat staff and North Geelong Secondary College students to raise money for residents of the Ban Mae Surin Karenni site in Thailand, which was extensively damaged after a fire ripped through the area earlier this year.
Many people were killed or injured in the fire, and thousands of survivors have been left homeless. A number of students at North Geelong Secondary College are from this camp, and lost loved ones.
So far a total of $4,500 has been raised for the rebuild - $1,350 was raised through the soccer match, $2,000 was donated by Rotary and the very generous Springvale Fire Brigade donated $1,200.
Corio firefighter Paul Smith thanked everyone who contributed to last Friday’s event.
“Together we achieved something very special and very worthwhile. It would not have been possible without the collaborative effort,” he said.
“The money raised will build 15 houses that accommodate between six and seven people.”
Read more about the fundraiser in recent articles from the Geelong Advertiser.