The group from Newport, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne raised $1,500 in only 48 hours and filled trucks with donated supplies for exhausted Australian firefighters.
They distributed the supplies to victims, according to Rashid Elhouli, who oversees online public relations for the Australian Islamic Center. Not only this but when they arrived at Johnsonville, the ladies cooked breakfast for 150 firefighters.
“[I] extend the thanks from the fire affected areas,” Rodney Baylis, a Johnsvonville firefighter, is heard telling the group in a video posted on Facebook. “I just been on the phone to the captain down there and he nearly broke into tears when I told him what we are bringing in for them today.”
To battle the bushfires, firefighters in Australia have been working tirelessly for the past several months. The Australian Islamic Center made plans to help out on Thursday after speaking to the Melbourne Fire Brigade, according to Elhouli.
They took social media to share that the center was collecting supplies such as female hygiene products, water bottles, milk, baby wipes, and fresh fruit. After the prayer service on Friday, the center hosted a sausage sizzle, selling plates of food to raise money for the bushfire victims.
“The money was meant to go towards girls youth activities,” said Elhouli. “But they decided to donate it all to the bushfire appeal.”
“Our team set up another cookout and called all to eat,” Elhouli told CNN. “They had a variety of meals, including lamb kebab, chicken kebab, beef sausages and mince meat.”
The caravan of five truck filled with donations boarded on its journey. After feeding the firefighters, the volunteers were accompanied by the Melbourne Fire Brigade to different areas to offload the items.
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