Fine Flower and Ewingar Rural Fire Service volunteers fight to save a beehive when the Long Gully fire tore through Ewingar on 8th October, 2019.
Fine Flower and Ewingar Rural Fire Service volunteers fight to save a beehive when the Long Gully fire tore through Ewingar on 8th October, 2019.

Facebook responds after removing $14,000 Ewingar fire fund

FACEBOOK has finally done a turnaround after a week of Nadine Myers pleas to reinstate the online fundraising campaign for the thrice burnt community of Ewingar.

People had pledged thousands and ticket and merchandise sales from a Tex Perkins concert put the fire relief fundraiser at $14,000.

Facebook have agreed to return the $14,000 out of their own pocket, Nadine said.

"The Ewingar community are all extremely pleased about the outcome and our hope has returned," Nadine said.

"From Facebook's statement, they will be paying the $14,100 out of  their own pocket,  which is what I was hoping since the issue was at their end."

"All the donors have been refunded, so what would be amazing is if the donors decide to still repledge their original donations to our new fundraiser https://chuffed.org/project/ewingar-rising, which will mean even more money going to those in need."

Initally, Nadine got nowhere by complaining to Facebook or to Stripe who managed the fundraiser money.

It seems Nadiine had used her maiden name on Facebook and the ID she duly sent to Stripe didn't match. 

There was no communication about this.

The system simply deleted months of campaigning, taking a community's hope with it.

Two peole died and everything burned in the Long Gully Rd fire that was one of three last year to hit the remote community of Ewingar.

All that keeps the community going is their spirit to rebuild.

Having the fundraiser campaign deleted without any notification was "disappointing," Nadine said.

 

Nadine Myers amidst a burnt out Ewingar. PIC: MARC STAPLEBERG
Nadine Myers amidst a burnt out Ewingar. PIC: MARC STAPLEBERG

 

Even after all the angst with Facebook, RFS member Nadine rose up again.

Like the community where she lives, she refused to be defeated and set up a new fire fundraiser on the platform chuffed.org

"The property losses were extensive: around 25 dwellings were completely destroyed along with properties, fodder, some cattle and pets, extensive fencing and essential infrastructure, sheds, tools, machinery and more. Close to 100% of our bushland was burned and much of the wildlife," Nadine said.

Nadine said to those who originally donated to the fundraiser or used it to buy t-shirts,"it would be amazing if you could still repledge your donations your refunded donations at chuffed.org/project/ewingar-rising."

"At our community meeting a few weeks ago it was agreed that from our total amount of funds raised, a portion will go to the community hall to be put towards a project to benefit the community as a whole (to be decided at a later date), then the remainder will go towards those who lost their primary residence or essential infrastructure at their primary residence and did not have insurance," Nadine said.

"There are many people in our community in this category so every dollar really does count."

Donate a little or a lot to show the Ewingar community that we care.

 

Hardworking members of the Ewingar Rising organising committee.
Hardworking members of the Ewingar Rising organising committee.

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