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    Sincere best wishes go to any Coffee Snobs who have had any up close and personal experiences with the fires that have raged in Victoria and other parts of the country today.

    If there is anyone who has been affected, please know that there is one very smoky, burnt leaf encrusted snob feeling for you and those who have been too close to the terrible events of today.

    Coughy Mum :)

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    Re: Best Wishes to those experiencing fires

    Comisserations from here too...

    Having been a member of the RFS for some time, I also want to say to any other member of any fire brigade paid or volunteer...

    "All the best! Youre doing a great job!" [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Yes, *words arent really enough to describe the horror of the tragedy that is unfolding in Victoria. *
    All my best wishes & warm thoughts go out to everyone affected by this terrible devastation. *And thanks & appreciation to those who are fighting it.

    -Carrie

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    They can have some of our flooded water from Innisfail
    Its a pity we cant make a man made river from North Queensland to Victoria
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    Still rember as a 16 year old in Warragul the Ash Wednesday hue and smoke as it got within 15ks of town and the strange and eerie feeling. I still Remember the faces of the firefighters 2 and 3 days later at the Red Cross kitchen very sad times again.

    Stay Safe all [smiley=sad.gif]

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    Ive just been watching the fires on the late news, it looks horrific down there. There are fires in NSW as well, but, fingers crossed, not on that scale. The Firefighters, both paid and volunteer, do an amazing job - Im in total awe of the work they do.

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    Yes, Viviane, I see too that it has escalated into a horrible disaster.

    Dont care what anyone else thinks but I am certainly praying for all of those who are involved.

    This country is just amazing...floods up north and fires down south. Talk about a land of extremes.

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    CS "fair crack" Coffee funds & Victorian Bushfires

    I know faircrack is all about coffee projects, and I think its an awesome idea that I am very happy to contribute to whenever I buy coffee from coffeesnobs.

    This weekend though, we have seen an unprecedented bushfire disaster take place in Victoria. A very sad weekend for the whole of Australia indeed.

    What do other CSers think about a small donation to a relevant charity that will assist, or other organised fire appeal? Or, how about if we came up with some other mechanism, say just the faircrack funds raised from the next Beanbay, and/or the fund generated from the faircrack component of roasted coffee sales in the next month? Maybe another instant auction or something?

    I know Id be more than happy to support such a move with even the small amount my purchases from here generate.

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    Im in shock with the extent of this disaster. My thoughts are with those who have lost members of their families, friends and homes.

    Just a terrible, terrible disaster. *

    Ive made a suggestion in the Faircrack thread that the membership of coffeesnobs consider making a donation of some description to a fire appeal, please have a look and share your thoughts.



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    This is totally horrible, i remember as a child evacuating during ash wednesday. It was totally surreal.
    Let us hope that these fires are brought under control quickly with no more fatalities.
    I think prayers all round are in order. Mother nature is very cruel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6D6168686B6B51637B630E0 link=1233995172/0#0 date=1233995172
    Coughy Mum
    nice play on words!
    :)

    I see the fires all around your part of the woods Coffee Mum, I hope they are kept at bay and you get a good nights sleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by 666F746D666B630E0 link=1233995172/7#7 date=1234097122
    Ive made a suggestion in the Faircrack thread that the membership of coffeesnobs consider making a donation of some description to a fire appeal, please have a look and share your thoughts.
    I had a similar thought but dont think its the right thing to do with FairCrack funds.

    While we could setup something I think it would be better that those wanting to donate do so via the Salvos or the Red Cross. The Salvos website was quick and easy to donate.

    Both these mobs are on the ground doing whats needed.

    https://salvos.org.au/donate/secure-online-donations/?appeal=drvicfires

    http://www.redcross.org.au/howyoucanhelp_donationopt.htm

    Its been a very sad week for 1000s of Australians, my thoughts and prayers are with all the people in the floods and in the fires.

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    Also try donating physical items such as clothing, non perishable foods, toys etc.
    From all accounts i will need to check my wardrobe when i get home tonight and the kids have already been told to caugh up some toys they havent played with for the last 12 months.
    My War Dept. is on the charge ;D

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    Re: Best Wishes to those experiencing fires

    Prayers, thougths, sympathy, to all those affected, and heartfelt thanks to those helping, on the fire front, behind the scenes or with donations.

    And the same message to those in the floods.

    Give someone a hug today, either you or they proabably need it.

    I agree with Andy that donations should be made to the official appeals, which are set up and are able to provide support where it is needed.

    KK, thanks for the offer of water, but too much is not good either.





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    sorry, I just moved posts from other threads into this one and the order shuffled a little

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    Re: Best Wishes to those experiencing fires

    Love and Prayers to all those directly and indirectly affected in the current disaster. Last I heard NZ was sending 100 firemen to help.
    Kia Kaha ! Be strong

    Also agree Red Cross and Salvos really can make a dollar go a long way

    CB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 706766786D6C67333033020 link=1233995173/15#15 date=1234143513

    Also agree Red Cross and Salvos really can make a dollar go a long way

    CB.
    Having had first hand experience, I can confirm .. The salvos and then the Red Cross over most others... They have the infrastructure and less middle processes, that often reduce the final $$ / Help getting to those in need...

    My thoughts to all...

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    While we could setup something I think it would be better that those wanting to donate do so via the Salvos or the Red Cross. *The Salvos website was quick and easy to donate.

    Both these mobs are on the ground doing whats needed.

    https://salvos.org.au/donate/secure-online-donations/?appeal=drvicfires

    http://www.redcross.org.au/howyoucanhelp_donationopt.htm
    Just to complete the story, St VincentdePaul is also in on the ground.

    Online donations can be reached via:
    http://www.vinnies.org.au/onlinedonations/index.cfm

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    My best wishes to all those experincing the hardship of natural disasters at the moment.
    I agree with donating to the current charities running at the moment, they are at ground zero and will ensure everyone gets the help they need.

    Warnings are going around for bogus charities so C/Sers be aware.

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    Just listening to Radio National the news coming out of Victoria is awful- it is hard to believe. Terribly tragic, and my condolences go out to anyone affected by this disaster.

    Beyond immediate personal contributions- I think we should have a special site-sponsor fundraiser after the fires are out. A charity raffle would work well- if we can work out a way of doing an online raffle.



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    Its been a very sad week for Victorians. Our cafe will be donating $5.00 from every 250grams of coffee sold for the whole week. I know the staff will be putting all their tips in as well. Its really up to everyone to do their OWN part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 445845455259435E5956545851515252370 link=1233995173/19#19 date=1234164052
    A charity raffle would work well
    A charity auction / raffle could be an option...

    We are collecting at work for the Floods as well as the Fire..

    So I guess, that we also need to be aware that some have already contributed / continue to contribute and or be personally involved and thus may not be in a position to give here......


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    Quote Originally Posted by 0B242E33064A0 link=1233995173/20#20 date=1234166638
    I know the staff will be putting all their tips in as well. Its really up to everyone to do their OWN part. *
    i couldnt agree more. Just went online and donated via the red cross.
    thanks CSers for prompting me *:) ...such a sad time...

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    My sincere sympathy to all those who have suffered loss this weekend. My overwhelming gratitude to all those whove been out there directly and indirectly helping those in need. To the volunteers (paid and unpaid) and those with the grimmest tasks are owed a very special thank you. They may suffer for some time even if they havent had personal losses themselves.

    This has been a truly terrible few days but the overwhelming support from so many people pulling together has been wonderful.

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    I watching the news last night and the death toll just overwhelmed me so I wrote this note on facebook so all my friends overseas could understand what was happening .. of course since writing this the victorian fires are on the news all over the world but I still felt the need to write it.. maybe just to get it off my chest..

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    "A call to prayer for the families and friends of those lost in the Victoria bush fires in Australia"

    Today I got home from work to more bad news on the TV. As I watched my prime minister nearly break down in tears on national television I could feel the grief of a nation in shock in the aftermath of our worst natural disaster on record.

    So this is a call to prayer to all my friends all over the world. Pray for peace and stillness for those who have lost so much. Some parents are without children and some children are without there parents. In some areas entire towns were wiped off the map.

    If you arent up to speed on how bad this situation is check out this link from one of the national Australian news websites .. there are five photos you can scroll through as well.

    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25027055-421,00.html

    But most importantly can I just ask everyone to pray for those who have lost friends, family, houses and land.

    God bless.

    Peter Graham
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    Just came up with an idea this morning. How about we (coffeesnob) go to one of the rescue centre and make free coffee for the victoms this coming weekend? The problem for me is I dont know how to organise such an event :(. MAybe someone can help me? Anyone interested? Me and my equipments are ready~~~~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7F796B656079620C0 link=1233995173/25#25 date=1234306494
    Just came up with an idea this morning. How about we (coffeesnob) go to one of the rescue centre and make free coffee for the victoms this coming weekend? The problem for me is I dont know how to organise such an event :(. MAybe someone can help me? Anyone interested? Me and my equipments are ready~~~~~

    Stay tuned Tony.....Me thinks there will be a story of a CSer who has done just that! :-X

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    You may have read the news or seen tele reports down there about Aussie firefighters who visited California in 2008 to watch our wildland firefighters at work. As it turns out they had a lot to watch. One of the largest fires in California last summer was just over the ridge from me, and we were under precautionary evacuation orders for a couple of weeks. My Mom had to evacuate and she stayed with us twice for a total of almost two weeks, and until she returned home she was not totally sure she still had one. pretty tough for a lady in her early 80s.

    My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones, homes, and all they owned. Plenty of folks in have known for some 20 years lost all they own, and many of them were living on the outskirts of society, happily living a simple existence. Suddenly they own nothing.

    To inspire you (and not at all to brag) I will share what I did. After the fires I talked to a friend who was still fine- a fellow I trust and who has lived here all his life. I told him that if he knew anyone who needed a car t send them over. I gave the fellow who showed up my 1983 Chevy 4WD blazer which I had stopped driving a few years ago.
    it had a good 350 ci engine with less than 70,000 miles on it an a rebuilt tranny with less than 8,000 miles. The rest was pretty ugly, but it ran good.

    A couple of months later I saw him parked at the local store, so I went over and said "Hi." He couldnt thank me enough. he said that car allowed him to deal with the paperwork and such with the county, and even to get some work and make some money which it would not have been possible to do otherwise. Talk about a warm and fuzzy! I couldnt have been happier.

    The point is, do what you can do. Donate, cash, clothes, a car if you have it, loan a travel trailer to someone so they have a place to stay while they rebuild, or whatever. Maybe roast some coffee and donate it to a raffle. The smallest effort on your part can mean an awful lot to someone who really needs it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3B647C6A616A666F6F6C6C646867090 link=1233995173/26#26 date=1234307667
    Quote Originally Posted by 7F796B656079620C0 link=1233995173/25#25 date=1234306494
    Just came up with an idea this morning. How about we (coffeesnob) go to one of the rescue centre and make free coffee for the victoms this coming weekend? The problem for me is I dont know how to organise such an event :(. MAybe someone can help me? Anyone interested? Me and my equipments are ready~~~~~
    Stay tuned Tony.....Me thinks there will be a story of a CSer who has done just that! *:-X
    Great idea! The Red Cross or Salvos would be able to give advice on where you would be welcome, also consider the staging centres for the firefighters, Im sure they would be just as appreciative of a good cuppa, and it would be a nice way of saying thanks to them as well.

    If it gets off the ground, Ill shout 2.5kg of greens from the next beanbay (or a kg of brown) to someone who supplies their own beans for the exercise. (PM me with your details & well sort it out) :)

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    Great Idea [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    But unfortunately due to prior family commitments i cannot do anything this weekend but like coffee mum will be more than happy to shout greens and or roasted to whoever does supply some beans to the person who supplies thier coffee to this enterprise.

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    As all CSrs my thoughts and well wishes go to all that are effected by the Victorian Bushfires..... i have a fund raising suggestion... just do not know how to get it started.... Help Andy!!

    My Biography was written and published by Dr Robert Norton just recently... some of the CSrs got a copy at the Australian Barista Championships recently....

    It costs $14.95 to print and publish etc..... and retails normally at $29.95..... i suggest we firstly offer it to CSrs at $24.95 and secondly give the 100% of the profit to the bushfire appeal on behalf of all at Coffeesnobs...

    This is a suggestion... i know that Robert Norton love this idea.. and please keep in mind this is not a marketing excercise or publicity stunt... but a genuine suggestion on how we can raise funds to help whilst not taking it from the Faircrack Project......

    I seek your thoughts CSrs

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    I just read that some of the flood victims up north have donated their flood relief funds to the bushfire appeal. Now that is what I call magnificent generosity and a country pulling together!

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    Positive – the many people that finished a sentence with “at least we have our lives”.
    Loathing – for those that could intentionally start this horror.
    Apprehension – the return home to confirm the worst.
    Courage – of those standing tall against the enemy.
    Fear – of the nightly mental replay behind closed eyes.
    Exhaustion – taken to the limit of mental and physical endurance and then push a bit more
    Loneliness – of your our thoughts and visions in an alien environment.
    Frustration – of not knowing the answers or reason.
    Agony - of loss.
    Embarrassment – of the need to hold a hand out.
    Surprised – at how much support is offered.
    Sympathy – without words, tear filled eyes making contact convey paragraphs of thoughts
    Homesick – for the warm, safe love filled patch of dirt that was your home.
    Disgust - for the looters.
    Humbled - to have met so many truly great people. Volunteers, victims, staff and donators.
    Torment – of not knowing.
    Regret – for not understanding the real danger.
    Caring – Doing the right thing for no other motivation
    Sorrow – for the losses of others, even though your own loss is great.
    Subtlety - A wry smile, a supportive wink or the country nod exchanged between the understanding.
    Cheerfulness – A group of teenage girls dressed as clowns and fairies, doing tricks and making balloon animals to provide a moments relief.
    Proud – to be an Australian.

    On the coffee front, as much as I’m sure they don’t want recognition for their efforts Maisano and Lavazza really earnt some respect from me in the last couple of days.

    A huge shout-out to the Maisano crew who had a couple of coffee carts on the ground in Whittlesea and a team of guys working 14 hour days to knock-out coffees. Lavazza deserves a big pat on the back too for supplying the coffee, cups, consumables and lots of foodstuffs needed for those carts.
    http://www.maisano.com.au
    http://www.lavazza.com.au

    The other coffee shout out is for the ECA Giotto from the Snobbery and the Mazer Robur, they managed to pull 2000 coffees in 40 straight hours and the only maintenance was a Cafetto clean in the middle of that stint.

    So many great stories of big and small businesses helping where they can, people in nearby towns offering to house people and animals, volunteers working through the night to prepare breakfasts and lunch-packs, school kids working at 6am because they can get a couple of hours help-in before heading to school. Caring people, good people, wonderful human beings.

    If you feel the need to help on the ground it will be well received. There will be something for everyone to do in the months ahead and I expect the in the coming weeks as the “media circus gets bored” help on the ground will thin so maybe plan to help out then.

    What can you do? Spending time on the ground can be anything from helping pack food hampers or helping sort the mountain of clothing donations into sizes and gender at the local op-shops (who are inundated with donations).

    How to start? I suggest heading to one of the relief centres setup in the supporting townships and ask how your time can be best spent, if enough people could spare even a single day helping then there is a pool of resources that can really make an impact.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B444E532A0 link=1233995173/32#32 date=1234360195
    Positive – the many people that finished a sentence with “at least we have our lives”.
    Loathing – for those that could intentionally start this horror.
    Apprehension – the return home to confirm the worst.
    Courage – of those standing tall against the enemy.
    Fear – of the nightly mental replay behind closed eyes.
    Exhaustion – taken to the limit of mental and physical endurance and then push a bit more
    Loneliness – of your our thoughts and visions in an alien environment.
    Frustration – of not knowing the answers or reason.
    Agony - of loss.
    Embarrassment – of the need to hold a hand out.
    Surprised – at how much support is offered.
    Sympathy – without words, tear filled eyes making contact convey paragraphs of thoughts
    Homesick – for the warm, safe love filled patch of dirt that was your home.
    Disgust - for the looters.
    Humbled - to have met so many truly great people. Volunteers, victims, staff and donators.
    Torment – of not knowing.
    Regret – for not understanding the real danger.
    Caring – Doing the right thing for no other motivation
    Sorrow – for the losses of others, even though your own loss is great.
    Subtlety - A wry smile, a supportive wink or the country nod exchanged between the understanding.
    Cheerfulness – A group of teenage girls dressed as clowns and fairies, doing tricks and making balloon animals to provide a moments relief.
    Proud – to be an Australian.

    On the coffee front, as much as I’m sure they don’t want recognition for their efforts Maisano and Lavazza really earned some respect from me in the last couple of days.

    A huge shout-out to the Maisano crew who had a couple of coffee carts on the ground in Whittlesea and a team of guys working 14 hour days to knock-out coffees. *Lavazza deserves a big pat on the back too for supplying the coffee, cups, consumables and lots of foodstuffs needed for those carts.
    http://www.maisano.com.au
    http://www.lavazza.com.au *

    The other coffee shout out is for the ECA Giotto from the Snobbery and the Mazer Robur, they managed to pull 2000 coffees in 40 straight hours and the only maintenance was a Cafetto clean in the middle of that stint.

    So many great stories of big and small businesses helping where they can, people in nearby towns offering to house people and animals, volunteers working through the night to prepare breakfasts and lunch-packs, school kids working at 6am because they can get a couple of hours help-in before heading to school. Caring people, good people, wonderful human beings. *

    If you feel the need to help on the ground it will be well received. *There will be something for everyone to do in the months ahead and I expect the in the coming weeks as the “media circus gets bored” help on the ground will thin so maybe plan to help out then. *

    What can you do? *Spending time on the ground can be anything from helping pack food hampers or helping sort the mountain of clothing donations into sizes and gender at the local op-shops (who are inundated with donations).

    How to start? *I suggest heading to one of the relief centres setup in the supporting townships and ask how your time can be best spent, if enough people could spare even a single day helping then there is a pool of resources that can really make an impact.
    I am so proud to be a member of a community which cares.

    Congrats Andy on rolling your sleeves up and getting in there amongst it. With all the horror that survivors, the CFA and those up there have endured, small things such as a coffee and a shower make *people feel human again.

    Well done....

    2mcm

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    After spending 4 days supporting the fire at churchill (SES Staging) We have been demobbed and can rest for a little while. The CFA and DSE and other fire fighters do such an excelent job. There are so many support agencys as well, many that have been mentioned like red cross and salvos but also the wild life carers and down to the local churches. The donations have been great and I urge you to use the well known groups to avoid the rip off people in the world who could not give a SH!T about the tragety and only want to proffit from this. We have had friends who have lost houses and friends who have saved them too. We are thankfull that none have lost life.
    This event will go on for years in the impact of lives devistated by the selfless act of a arsonist! (Not that all fires were lit by one)
    I thank all those people who have thanked the volunteers and would like to think that you would do the same that we are doing (helping out) as we do everytime there is a disaster. I have staged over 50 SES members from the west of the state who gave up time and income to help our community and I am sure there are other task forces from SES in other areas of the state doing the same.
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    Nice work Crisp Image. SES, CFA and the DSE (Dept Sparks and Embers) were rolling in and out of Whittlesea 24/7 too. A quick coffee, refuel the truck, fill it with water and roll-out again. Very tough work and hours. Strong east winds today will make it tricky to deploy resuorces in the right areas too as the fire finds new ground. I hope it settles soon but suspect we have a few weeks of danger yet.


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    I would just like to echo what Chris, Andy and many others have already said.... Im lost for words with respect to the devastation that has been wreaked upon individuals, families, communities and the wider regions... I just cant imagine how affected people must feel.

    To offset this though, is the great work being accomplished by all the selfless volunteers who belong to the wonderful organisations mentioned above, as well as all the neighbours, friends, mates and people who just need to help in what ever way they can... You all have my unreserved respect....

    Thank you all....

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    Our office had a fundraiser yesterday, morning coffee and cakes etc.
    I couldnt make it otherwise i would have taken my machine and grinder in and sold coffees. Instead i put up 500gm bags of roast coffee.
    It turned out they sold 6 @ %50 each and 50 people raised $5,100 and the company threw in another $5,000.

    I now have a couple of hours roasting tomorrow afternoon.

    The plan is to then offer up the same deal to others in the office that didnt make the fund raiser and hopefully get another 5 or 10 bags sold.

    All proceeds going directly to the red cross which from all understanding of media reports is the best outcome to giving help on the ground.

    Mal

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    Re: Best Wishes to those experiencing fires

    I was just informed that my brother who is in the Armed services now stationed in Sydney has been deployed to help in the fire affected areas in VIC

    KK



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