LENDING A HAND: Oryana and Josh Bravery with their children Hailie and Luca, doing what they can to help those affected by the NSW fire.
LENDING A HAND: Oryana and Josh Bravery with their children Hailie and Luca, doing what they can to help those affected by the NSW fire.

Help headed to fire affected town

WHAT started as a small Facebook call-out has now turned into a large donation drive to help those affected by the Torrington fire.

Within 24 hours, Freestone residents Oryana and Josh Bravery received overwhelming support to help the small New South Wales town that was ravaged by bushfires.

"Josh's parents live in Torrington, they had actually just bought the property, and we got the call they're getting evacuated and that was really scary," Mrs Bravery said.

"That was when we decided that we would bring some supplies down for mum and dad, and then it just kind of got bigger.

"They said it was like a war zone, there was things just exploding from the heat because people had ammunition and stuff."

The town located 61km from Glen Innes isn't out of harm's way, with catastrophic weather conditions predicted for the region on Tuesday.

The Freestone parents hope their two cars and trailer will be enough when they travel south on Friday.

"At the moment, Oryana is just going to be doing pick-ups throughout the week, so we're not really sure of the scale of what we're going to get," Mr Bravery said.

"Other people have said they'll donate their ute and come down with us, so we'll get a bit of a convoy going.

"I've spoken to mum, and her and a few of the ladies are going to organise the distribution of the stuff, so we'll turn up to the Torrington Hall, and they'll work it out from there."

It has been an experience that almost reduced Mrs Bravery to tears, with support for their drive reaching as far away as Brisbane.

"As soon as I posted it, people started messaging me, and I didn't expect that many people to be interested," she said.

"I just couldn't imagine just losing everything in half an hour, and not knowing where to go, what you're going to eat the next day.

"You hope that it doesn't happen again, but I mean it's already happened so people just need to be prepared really."

While the couple expect clothing and other household items to be donated, they hope that dry stock and food will also be contributed.

"I want to try and go around to the supermarkets to see if they can donate any dry food," she said.

"The Juice Bar have been so lovely and are doing to donate fresh food that we can take down with us on Friday too.

"We're not really sure what they are going to need, if it's water or food - I think anything will help though."

To donate, head to https://www.facebook.com/donate/857131854701783/857398394675129/.



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