Hawaii's Australian community hosting fundraiser for wildfires
As wildfires continue to devastate Australia, forcing people from their homes and killing wildlife, Hawaii's large Australian community is stepping up.
Leigh Adams, her sister Gina Ornellas, and their friend Donna Smallwood have all lived in Hawaii for a long time, but can't help but think of their native country after seeing the destruction.
"It's just actually unfathomable," Smallwood says. "I just can't believe the atrocity."
They say if they were still living in Australia, they would have volunteered to help feed the firefighters on the frontlines, but they still wanted to make a difference from thousands of miles away.
The friends have backgrounds in event planning, but this was a labor of love. They rallied Hawaii's large Aussie population through social media to organize a BBQ to raise for two causes important to them - the New South Wales Rural Fire Brigade, and the Australian Koala Foundation.
It's going to big a big bash at D'lish At The Beach in Ewa Beach. It has everything from a silent auction, to music, a DJ, fun for kids and adults, and of course, Aussie food like fish and chips and more.
They're expect a big turnout. "We love Hawaii because it's so similar to Australia. Mateship and the aloha spirit are basically the same thing but a different word. When we're knocked down, we pick each other up," Adams says.
It's from 2-6 pm on Sunday the 19th and is open to the public.
You can RSVP to their Facebook and find more info on the silent auction here: https://www.facebook.com/events/755946144896600/
Or, if you can't make it want to donate to either charity directly, you can find those here:
Australian Koala Foundation >> https://www.savethekoala.com/donate
New South Wales Rural Fire Brigade >> https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade