Get down to festival to help fire victims

GLENWOOD resident Erica Huntley turned the devastation of losing all she owned into hope for others.

Three years ago her new apartment was destroyed by an electrical fire.

What Ms Huntley went through inspired her to organise the Blacktown Bushfire Relief Festival on Wednesday, January 22, to raise money for the victims of last year's bushfires in the Blue Mountains.

"I understand devastation and what it's like to lose all your possessions," she said. "I had to rebuild my entire life and now I want to do something to help the Blue Mountains people."

Ms Huntley, 33, says other communities pooling together to help the victims may give the victims a "morale boost".

"It's time Australians and local communities got behind their own people, rather than always supporting victims of overseas disasters," she said.

The festival will include rides, food stalls, a petting farm, jumping castles and face painting.

Representatives of Fire and Rescue NSW, Blacktown police, the Rural Fire Service and St John Ambulance will be at the festival.

The Blacktown Bushfire Relief Festival will run from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday, January 22 at the Blacktown Showground, corner of Richmond and Balmoral roads. Details: facebook.com/Bushfirerelief.

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