South Bunbury Rotary Club members have dispatched the first load of feed to Gidgegannup as part of their bushfire relief support efforts for the Perth Hills fire ravaged areas. In collaboration with local businesses and the community, the club is fundraising to provide a range of essential needs to the fire damaged areas including feed, seed, poly-pipe and fencing. Club president-elect David Castro said the hay run was initiated by one of the members who has a stock feed business. “When he heard about the fires his immediate response was to start fundraising to provide some of the people who were impacted badly some hay for their animals as an urgent measure,” Mr Castro said. “He discussed this at our meeting and we took it on as a Rotary project and it has gone from strength to strength.” Member Cedric Getley said the club had been looking at different ways it could help with animal welfare, with a handful of the members spending time with the locals to do so. “One of the things we realised quickly was that hay was an immediate need because there is no pasture left,” Mr Getley said. “In a lot of the cases they have shifted the horses off the properties because they have no fences or water and still need hay and supplementary feeding. “There is hay coming at them from all sorts of geographical locations, so we are looking at supplying them with a quantity of seeds so these farms could be reseeded and they were ecstatic about that. “We then looked at the long-term picture and realised going forward, because of the intensity of the fire, there is little or no grass left and that means there will be no seed there either so they will end up coming to a break in the season with no pasture.” So far the club has raised more than $20,000, but with the help of local communities, it is aiming to triple that figure. “We are working with other entities around the State who are contributing small amounts where they can afford it,” he said. “We would like to think that we may be able to raise $50,000 to $60,000 and are hoping to get as close as possible to help reseed the properties that need reseeding.