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Fire anniversary reminder

03 Feb 2010

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Last year’s Black Saturday disaster loomed large last month when Kinglake fire survivors Cameron Caine and Ross Buchanan addressed the Docklands Rotary Club.

Local policeman and president of the Kinglake Football Club, Cameron told of the trauma of Black Saturday when a fire storm destroyed his community.  Cameron discovered the bodies of numerous victims – many known to him personally.

Ross lost two children to the fire and the pair held the meeting spellbound as they calmly recounted the horror of February 9, 2009 and the effects that it has had on them ever since.

The main focus of their accounts was on the mental health issues that have plagued their community and how the community has come together to help each other survive and recover.

In particular, they said the support that men have found amongst their mates had been a feature of the recovery.

“It’s okay for men to cry,” Cameron said.

The Rotary Club of Docklands meets every Tuesday from 6pm at James Squires Brewhouse, Waterfront City.  

All are welcome.  Contact Leisa Wheatland on 0448 945 555.

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