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The catastrophic bush fires being experienced around our country, and their devastating aftermath, have brought about offerings of extreme generosity from a number of our members wanting to instigate or help with fundraising efforts or to pitch-in in some other way for those affected by the fires.
We have immense praise for those wanting to provide assistance and for the outpouring of community spirit at a time of extreme sensitivity for an event of this scale. This email provides a collective message to let you know about the initiatives being acted on, calls for assistance and also from those looking to start something but need help or guidance.
To be completely open, a couple of these requests have asked if the AIPP could take the lead to oversee and/or lead or manage these efforts. We hope you will understand that with so many individual private requests being received, we simply don’t have the available manpower with our current staffing to be able to manage these projects, especially at such short notice.
Where we can help, and want to help, is to provide support for a collaborative group who have taken the lead to initiate a project. We can provide support with our available communication resources including bulk email channels, social media platforms, AIPP Blog and also access to our discussion platform, Basecamp, to enable a group discussion thread to be set up specific for your group’s communication needs.
Below is a list of some members that are initiating projects or may be interested in collaboration. You can be added to this list by leaving a comment on this blog.
To those of you impacted by these events, our sincerest and most heartfelt thoughts go to you, your safety and well being.
From the AIPP National Board
Australian Fire Catastrophe – Member Assistance Initiatives
Karen Alsop – Melbourne VIC
Karen as set up an Action Group working with other AIPP members to set up a project that reaches out to families who have lost precious memories and to provide a gift for the many fire-fighting volunteers who have given so much. They are calling it “Project Recapture”.
The project is aimed to provide:
- Family Photography packages for families that have lost homes, assets and photographs as a result of the fires.
- Family Photography Sessions and Print package for valued volunteers.
- Photo restoration of fire-damaged prints.
- Photography equipment loans for photographers that have been impacted by the fires and photographers to take on jobs (shoots and retouching).
- Video and Photo services and loan equipment for photographers and videographers that have been impacted by the fires and videographers to take on jobs.
- Photography Business Coaching for photographers that have lost their assets and had their businesses severely affected.
- Art Sales (supplied by our award-winning AIPP artists and curated by the team) to raise funds for the photography and video community that have been directly affected by the fires
For further information on how you can be involved, click here.
Jennifer Bourne – Kurrajong Heights, NSW
Jennifer was forced to evacuate her home just before Christmas and thankfully came through safely but is still in a hazardous Watch and Act zone.
“Our amazing firefighters have worked tirelessly since to backburn alongside fighting the main fire. Most of these firefighters, especially around Kurrajong and Bilpin, are all volunteers and a lot are self-employed. In the 6+ weeks they have been fighting fires, they have been bleeding money.”
Jennifer has a number of awards prints sitting in a cupboard as has been looking into the logistics of organising a fundraiser where these prints could be auctioned and wanted to see if anyone else may be interested in participating and/or helping. Jennifer has never organised a fundraising activity and is hoping there might be someone out there who can provide assistance or advice – or has an existing platform that could be used.
“I’m just 1 person. The more help I can get to make this a success, the more money can be raised for the volunteers who are working day and night to save homes like mine.”
Kim Nguyen – Springvale, VIC
Kim is offering her photography work, in particular, two specific prints of award-winning goldfish photos.
“Even if I just sell one, this would still make a small contribution and will help at least someone who has been affected.”
These prints normally sell for $250 however for the next couple of weeks (till the 19th of Jan) she will sell each print for $150 including postage with ALL PROFITS going straight to the bush fire crisis/salvation army.
Further details can be found here.
Gavin Scott – Frankston VIC
Gavin is suggesting to organise a charity print sale to support the fire fighters and the communities affected by the fires.
“There would have to a be a print on demand website and service we could use, and I’m sure most of us would be willing to share a digital file to add to the gallery, all proceeds after printing to go to charity. I’m sure we are all feeling a little helpless at this time and every little bit helps.”
Matt Palmer – East Coast TAS
Matt is happy to donate the prints from the 2019 PPY win or reproductions to raise funds for fire related and animal charities.
If you would like to join this list or discuss a coordinated response with fellow members, please use the comments below or the post on the AIPP Community Page.
For further information on how you can help or you are in need of assistance from those listed, we ask that you please contact these members directly.