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Fireys help rebuild lives and homes
Corio Fire Brigade members are raising money to help rebuild a refugee camp in northwest Thailand after a fire ripped through the Ban Mae Surin Karenni site earlier this year.
Many people were killed or injured, and thousands of survivors have been left homeless after the devastating blaze destroyed the refugee camp on 21 March.
A number of students at North Geelong Secondary College are from this camp, and have lost loved ones.
Over the last two years members of the Corio brigade have built some very strong relationships with these students, particularly with their new arrival students. A number of these students are Karen and Karenni (from the Thai Burma border conflict).
Corio members, and the wider community, believe a fundraising project would be a positive way to help students through their grieving process, as well as the refugees in Thailand.
Members of the Corio Fire Station have pledged to assist these students in a combined fundraising effort to assist them in their recovery from this tragedy and send much needed funds directly to the camps to assist with the rebuild.
Corio Leading Firefighter Gavin Fitzgerald said the students were very passionate and talented soccer players so a tournament was a fitting way to raise money for their friends and relatives.
“We are holding a charity soccer tournament/round robin where we are inviting members of the community, including all emergency services, councillors and other key stakeholders, to participate for an entrance fee to raise funds,” he said.
“All money raised will go towards building materials for the reconstruction of the camp – and the rebuilding of lives.”
Leisuretime Centre, 268 Anakie Rd, Norlane.
21 June, 4pm to 7.30pm